Director joins musical version of screen romance
The tuner version of “Sleepless in Seattle” is undergoing its latest round of creative retooling, with helmer Lonny Price now signed on to a show that also is imminently due to set a new team of songwriters.
Price (“110 in the Shade”) replaces the previously attached Joel Zwick (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”) in the director’s chair. Leslie Bricusse, originally onboard as the show’s songsmith, departed in 2009 after penning 18 songs for the tuner. Now the trio that had been announced to fill Bricusse’s shoes — Michelle Citrin, Michael Garin and Josh Nelson — also have exited the project, with a new team set to be named.
Jeff Arch, who wrote the original story of the 1993 romantic comedy and co-wrote the screenplay, remains onboard as book writer.
The production had previously been announced for a summer 2012 bow at the Pasadena Playhouse. That’s been shifted to a June 2013 preem at the same theater. David Shor, Arch’s longtime partner, is the commercial producer attached to the project.
Eric Stern (“Xanadu”) has been tapped as music director. Further details regarding the creative team and an exact production timeline remain to be set.