Antonio Banderas will make his return to Broadway in the tuner adaptation of the 1995 New Line movie “Don Juan DeMarco.”
Marsha Norman (“‘night, Mother,” “The Color Purple” musical) will write the book. New Line, which is producing the show, is still on the lookout for a composer.
Film composer Michael Kamen (“X-Men”) and Bryan Adams were attached until Kamen died in 2003. (Adams worked with Kamen on the hit song from the movie’s soundtrack, “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?”)
Banderas has been talking up “Don Juan” while doing press for his latest pic, “Take the Lead,” which opens today. He has said the show will come to Broadway next year in a production helmed by David Leveaux, who directed Banderas in his Rialto debut, “Nine.”
Mark S. Kaufman, exec veep of production and theater at New Line, said Banderas’ timeline is a little optimistic. “I don’t think it can be put together that quickly,” he said. “We’re going to get it right, and then we’re going to do it.”
He added that Leveaux’s participation has not yet been confirmed. “But we all think it’s a good idea,” he said.
Pic, which starred Johnny Depp and Marlon Brando, follows a man who claims to be Don Juan and the psychiatrist who takes him on as a patient.