Producer David Shor has tapped a team of creatives largely unknown in the legit world to pen the tunes for the developing musical adaptation of “Sleepless in Seattle.”
Michelle Citrin, Michael Garin and Josh Nelson will collaborate on music and lyrics for the show, which has a book by original screenwriter Jeff Arch. Joel Zwick (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”) helms.
Citrin has co-created a string of heavily viewed YouTube videos including “Rosh Hashanah Girl,” “20 Things to do with Matzah” and “Pass the Candle.” Garin, co-writer and co-star of 1991 Off Broadway musical “Song of Singapore,” has a long history in Gotham cabaret and also has penned tunes for Adobe Theater Company. Nelson, a singer-songwriter and music producer, has released five CDs.
Shor found Citrin on YouTube. She brough on colleague Nelson while Arch tapped college classmate Garin. “Sleepless” will be the first time the trio has worked together.
Tuner is based on the 1993 TriStar romantic comedy about a woman (played by Meg Ryan in the pic) who falls in love with a single dad (Tom Hanks) she hears speak on a radio talk show.
No further details regarding creative team or casting have yet been nailed down for the legit incarnation.
Shor aims to open “Sleepless” on Broadway on Valentine’s Day 2011.