New team make stage ‘Leap’

Musical targets Broadway in fall 2012

The tuner version of 1992 Paramount film “Leap of Faith” is targeting a fall 2012 run on Broadway under a new creative team that includes helmer Christopher Ashley, co-book writer Warren Leight and choreographer Sergio Trujillo.

Trio of creatives join the project following a fall 2010 bow at L.A.’s Ahmanson Theater in a production helmed and choreographed by Rob Ashford. That incarnation earned mixed reviews that prompted producers and creatives to consider some serious retooling.

Leight, the “Side Man” playwright who also has a long track record in TV (“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “In Treatment”), will collaborate on a revised book with Janus Cercone, who penned the original screenplay as well as the script to the 2010 version of the musical.

Broadway vets Ashley (“Xanadu”) and Trujillo (“Jersey Boys”) previously worked together on Tony winner “Memphis.”

Composer Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater remain on board the musical, as does star Raul Esparza, who appeared opposite Brooke Shields in the Ahmanson staging.

Storyline centers on a charlatan faith-healer and his unexpected romance with a single mom in a small Kansas town. Steve Martin toplined the film version.

Musical comes to the Rialto from a producing team that includes Michael Manheim, who produced the movie, as well as James D. Stern, Douglas L. Meyer, Tom Viertel/Marc Routh/Richard Frankel/Steven Baruch and Jujamcyn Theaters.

Exact dates, theater and further casting remain to be locked in.

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