Old Globe schedules ‘Band Wagon’

Beane adapting script for director Griffin

A new stage adaptation of the 1953 MGM musical “The Band Wagon” — with a book by Douglas Carter Beane (“The Little Dog Laughed”) — is among the world preems on the slate for the 2007-08 season at the Old Globe in San Diego.

Beane adapts the screenplay by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, with Gary Griffin (“The Color Purple”) directing. Backstage comedy, with tunes by Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz, starred Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse in the pic version. Stage incarnation is set for spring 2008.

Along with the previously announced Broadway-bound production of “A Catered Affair,” the Old Globe’s sked of world preems also include Steven Drukman’s new play about boxer Joe Louis, “In this Corner,” and “Beethoven, As I Knew Him,” the latest show about a composer written and performed by Hershey Felder (“Mosieur Chopin”).

Additional offerings at the theater, of which Jack O’Brien (“The Coast of Utopia”) is a.d., include productions of Richard Greenberg’s “The American Plan,” Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt’s “Oscar and the Pink Lady” and Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie.”

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