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CAA Signs Chris D’Arienzo, Now At Work on ‘King of Comedy’ Musical

CAA has signed Chris D’Arienzo, the “Rock of Ages” writer who’s currently at work on a stage musical adaptation of Martin Scorcese’s 1982 movie “The King of Comedy” for New Regency.

D’Arienzo, who penned both the “Rock of Ages” film as well as the stage tuner on which it’s based, is also developing “Always On My Mind,” a film about a country music star succumbing to Alzheimer’s. Nick Nolte and Glenn Close are attached to appear in the feature, which D’Arienzo will write and direct.

“King of Comedy,” one of the film titles in New Regency’s catalog, centers on a desperate comedian who kidnaps a latenight talk show host in an effort to land the TV appearance that will make his dreams come true. Robert DeNiro and Jerry Lewis starred in the movie.

D’Arienzo also wrote and directed “Barry Munday,” the 2010 film that starred Patrick Wilson, Judy Greer and Chloe Sevigny. The Broadway incarnation of “Rock of Ages” will wrap up a run of almost six years in January.

D’Arienzo returns to CAA after a stint with Resolution. He’ll continue to be represented by attorneys Marc Glick (at Glick & Weintraub) and Stephen Breimer (at Bloom, Hergott, Diemer, Rosenthal, LaViolette, Feldman, Schenkman & Goodman).

He joins a CAA theater department that also has recently added composer Jason Robert Brown (“The Last Five Years,” the upcoming “Honeymoon in Vegas”) and the songwriting duo of Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (“Hairpsray”), as well as director Jack O’Brien (“It’s Only a Play”).

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