Musical set for summer 2012 premiere
The brewing tuner version of “Sleepless in Seattle” has set a summer 2012 world preem at Pasadena Playhouse.
Pasadena, returning to full activity following a financial crisis that prompted the org to shut down temporarily, has added the show to its 2011-12 season, for which five shows had already been lined up, including Angela Bassett topliner “Pastoral.”
Pasadena produces “Sleepless” in association with David Shor, the commercial producer who has been developing the project for a few years now. Jeff Arch, who co-wrote the screenplay and penned the 1993 pic’s original story, wrote the book of the show; music is by a little-known team of composers, Michelle Citrin, Michael Garin and Josh Nelson. Joel Zwick (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”) directs.
The storyline, about the long-distance romance between a Seattle widower and a Baltimore woman who falls in love with him after she hears him on a radio show, will retain its original early-’90s setting in the stage version, although the score includes some modern-day elements, according to Shor. “It has a contemporary sound and flavor, but I wouldn’t call it pop,” he said.
Mid-size production will have a cast of about 15. No actors are yet attached to the project.
Further developmental sessions, including possible readings and workshops, are likely to be held prior to the Pasadena run in order to continue prepping the show for its West Coast bow.
Shor has never made a secret of his Broadway intentions for the show, although the target date has moved back a couple of times. Current timeline, if all goes well, would see “Sleepless” bow on Broadway in fall 2012, soon after the Pasadena stint.
Pasadena is attached to two Broadway musicals this season, serving as an associate producer on “Baby It’s You” and credited as the original producer of “Sister Act.”
“Sleepless in Seattle” has filled the final slot of the 2011-12 season, skedded to play June 12-July 15, 2012.