‘Beaches’ Musical to Play Chicago Before Broadway

The musical adaptation of “Beaches,” which premiered at the D.C.-area Signature Theater in March and is targeting a Broadway run, has lined up a summer stint at the Drury Lane Theater, just outside of Chicago, before making the potential move to New York.

Eric Shaeffer, the Signature a.d. who directed the earlier staging of “Beaches,” will again helm the show. Jennifer Maloney-Prezioso is on board as the commercial producer who would shepherd the musical to Broadway.

“Beaches,” which replaces a revival of “Deathtrap” on the Drury Lane slate, has a book by Iris Rainer Dart (who wrote the original novel) and Thom Thomas with music by David Austin and lyrics by Dart. The score also includes “Wind Beneath My Wings,” made famous by the 1988 movie adaptation of “Beaches” (pictured above), in which Bette Midler sang the tune.

“Beaches” will run June 24-Aug. 16 at the Drury Lane in Oak Brook, Ill., with casting still to be announced. No Broadway plans have yet been set, although producers want to get the show there during the 2015-16 season.

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