Jerry Lewis to helm ‘Nutty’ musical

Tuner aims to open on Broadway in 2010-11

Jerry Lewis will helm a new legit tuner adaptation of “The Nutty Professor,” aiming to land on Broadway during the 2010-11 season.

Marvin Hamlisch (“A Chorus Line”) composes the music while Rupert Holmes (“Curtains”) pens the book and lyrics for the show, based on the 1963 Paramount pic that Lewis co-wrote, directed and toplined.

Plot of “Nutty Professor,” also reprised in a 1996 remake starring Eddie Murphy, centers on an awkward science geek who invents a potion that temporarily turns him into a stud named Buddy Love.

Lewis has never directed for the stage. He previously appeared on Broadway in 1995, when he stepped into the role of the devil in the 1994 revival of “Damn Yankees.”

The most recent new musical from Hamlisch to play Broadway was “Sweet Smell of Success” in 2002. Holmes, meanwhile, also has penned the book for the tuner version of “The First Wives Club,” soon beginning an out-of-town tryout in La Jolla.

“Nutty Professor” is produced by Loud Watch Prods.

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