Musical to premiere in Tennessee
The brewing musical version of “The Nutty Professor,” helmed by Jerry Lewis, has skedded a tryout run in Nashville this summer. Michael Andrew will star.Engagement is the world preem of the tuner, with music by Marvin Hamlisch (“A Chorus Line”) and book and lyrics by Rupert Holmes (“The Mystery of Edwin Drood”). Based on the 1963 screen comedy that Lewis toplined, “Nutty” centers on a nerdy chemistry professor who comes up with a formula to turn himself into a stud. Singer Andrew, pro baby best known for his stint as singer and bandleader at the Rainbow Room, plays in the title role after appearing in a Gotham reading of the tuner. Ned McLeod exec produces with Mac Pirkle, a co-founder of Tennessee Repertory Theater, also on board as a producer. Musical is the first stage directing gig for Lewis. Hamlisch’s last new tuner on the Rialto was the 2002 outing “Sweet Smell of Success” while Holmes (“Curtains”) will next land on Broadway this fall with the Roundabout Theater Company’s upcoming revival of “Drood.” Show will play the Tennessee Performing Arts Center July 24-Aug. 19. Exact timeline for Broadway has not yet been set.