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‘Friday Night Lights’ Musical to Tackle L.A. in 2016

The team that brought L.A. audiences “Cruel Intentions: The Musical” and “The Unauthorized O.C. Musical” is at it again, lining up “The Unauthorized ‘Friday Night Lights’ Musical” for a 2016 bow with one of the show’s original stars, Scott Porter, signed on to star.

Porter, who got his start in Off Broadway musical “Altar Boyz” before moving on to play Jason Street on “FNL,” will play Coach Taylor, the role played by Kyle Chandler in the NBC TV series. Molly McCook, who starred in the musical versions of “Cruel Intentions” and “The O.C.,” will play high school student Tyra.

Many of the details of the upcoming “Friday Night Lights” project have yet to be set. But according to Lindsey Rosin, one of the co-creators of the musical, she and her producing partner Jordan Ross recently got the legal go-ahead from NBC Universal to proceed with the musical, so the duo felt it was time to announce.

It’s also not yet clear how long the “Friday Night Lights” musical will run in its initial outing; right now it’s looking like a one-night or one-weekend run, Rosin said.

Off stage, Rosin has two broadcast TV projects in the works with “Squad Goals,” a potential series produced by Ryan Seacrest for CBS, and a modern-day “Cruel Intentions” reboot, which is set up at NBC.

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