‘Grumpy’ musical signs director

Casale to take reigns of Broadway hopeful

The “Grumpy Old Men” musical continues to take steps toward Broadway, with helmer Glenn Casale signing on to direct the new tuner.

Casale’s Gotham credits include the 1999 Rialto revival of “Peter Pan” and last year’s Off Broadway offering “The Property Known as Garland.” He also directed the production of “Camelot” currently touring with Michael York, as well as a successful European staging of “Beauty and the Beast.”

Based on the 1993 pic, “Grumpy” will have a workshop in L.A. in May with another in New York to follow. Creative team includes composer Neil Berg (“The Prince and the Pauper”), lyricist Nick Meglin (a former editor of MAD Magazine) and book writer Dan Remmes (“Night Out,” which has had runs in L.A. and San Diego).

Producer Jeff Gardner, a Broadway tyro, estimates the production will cost in the neighborhood of $10 million. If the readings go well, he hopes to secure funding and nail down a spring 2008 slot for an out-of-town tryout.

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