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Paramount Theatre has announced the line-up for their 18/19 season, which includes a new musical based on the Warner Brothers film AUGUST RUSH, directed by Tony Award winner John Doyle, composed by Mark Mancina, the composer of the film’s platinum-selling soundtrack, and written by Glen Berger, who co-wrote the book for SPIDERMAN: TURN OFF THE DARK. Mancina and Berger will co-author the lyrics, and additional music and orchestrations will be provided by Dave Metzger, who orchestrated the films AUGUST RUSH, TRAINING DAY, and TARZAN, and received a Tony nomination for his work on THE LION KING.
In Doyle’s signature style, the actors will replace the orchestra, playing instruments themselves onstage. “I’m excited about the development of this new and unique musical,” said director John Doyle. “August Rush centers on the emotional and musical journey of a young boy – a lost boy. Through music he reunites with the parents he otherwise may never have found. The ‘hope’ that the story highlights is powerful. That, more than anything, is what attracted me to the material, and I’m honored to be a part of its journey.”
AUGUST RUSH is a co-production with Arlington Virginia’s Signature Theatre.
Also in Paramount’s season are LEGALLY BLONDE, directed by Trent Stork, THE WIZARD OF OZ, directed by Amber Mak, and THE PRODUCERS, directed by Jim Corti.