Rat Pack adaptation set for 2010 - 11 season

Rupert Holmes has joined the creative team as book writer of “Robin and the 7 Hoods,” a new musical adaptation of Warner Bros’ 1964 Rat Pack pic, which is aiming for a West Coast tryout next summer prior to its Broadway bow during the 2010-11 season.

Built around standards by Sammy Cahn and James Van Heusen, including “My Kind of Town,” “Come Fly With Me,” “All the Way” and “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head,” the show revisits the attitudes of the time when the movie was made, when old culture intersected with the swinging new world of the sexual revolution. Casey Nicholaw (“The Drowsy Chaperone”) is set to choreograph and direct.

The film transported the Robin Hood legend to Prohibition-era Chicago, with Frank Sinatra as a North Side racketeer who becomes a local hero. Holmes replaces previously announced writer Peter Ackerman on the project.

Winner of Tonys in 1986 for book and score for “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” Holmes’ work was most recently on Broadway in Kander & Ebb’s “Curtains.” He penned the book for the new tuner adaptation of “The First Wives Club,” currently in previews in its Broadway tryout at San Diego’s Old Globe; and is working with composer Marvin Hamlisch on the musical adaptation of “The Nutty Professor,” which Jerry Lewis is slated to direct. That show also is eyeing a Broadway preem in the 2010-11 season.

Lead producers on “Robin” are Dennis Mastro, Bruce Charet, Billy Campbell and Dennis Farina. Barry Brown is exec producer. Additional creative team includes musical supervisor John McDaniel, costumer Gregg Barnes and lighting designer Natasha Katz.

No theater has yet been announced for the summer 2010 tryout run.

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