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Broadway getting ‘Saved’

'Missing's' Friedman wrote tunes, co-wrote lyrics

A tuner adaptation of 2004 MGM comedy “Saved” will round out the 2007-08 season at Playwrights Horizons, the nonprofit that last year produced the original Off Broadway run of Rialto musical “Grey Gardens.”

Composer Michael Friedman (“Gone Missing,” the Public’s upcoming production of “Romeo and Juliet”) wrote the tunes and co-wrote the lyrics. Co-writing the book and contributing to the lyrics are John Dempsey (“The Witches of Eastwick,” “The Pirate Queen”) and Rinne Groff (“The Ruby Sunrise”).

Gary Griffin (“The Color Purple”) directs. Show is produced by special arrangement with Elephant Eye Theatrical.

Set to preem on the Playwrights mainstage in spring 2008, tuner is based on the script by Brian Dannelly and Michael Urban about teens at a Christian high school. Pic, which starred Mandy Moore, Macaulay Culkin and Mary-Louise Parker, grossed $8.8 million in its 2004 U.S. release.

“Saved” is the sixth and final offering to join the Playwrights Horizons slate. Previously announced lineup includes “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” the latest from Sarah Ruhl (“The Clean House”), and “The Drunken City” by Adam Bock (“The Thugs”).

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