Nashville and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) host the Broadway-bound world premiere of "The Nutty Professor" Musical. Directed by Jerry Lewis, the show is a new musical comedy based on the 1963 film of the same name. The Broadway at TPAC Special Event began previews on July 24, and officially opened on July 31- running through August 19 in TPAC's James K. Polk Theater. Featuring music by Oscar, Emmy, th erecently deceased Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Marvin Hamlisch (A Chorus Line) and a book and lyrics by three-time Tony Award winner Rupert Holmes (The Mystery of Edwin Drood), "The Nutty Professor" is a musical treat for the whole family, based on the classic 1963 film in which Lewis starred and co-wrote.
BroadwayWorld brings you highlights from the Broadway-bound production below!
Actor, singer, and entertainer Michael Andrew stars in this new production as Professor Julius Kelp. Andrew, who counts Lewis and the film as principal influences on his career, worked with Executive Producer Ned McLeod and Lewis to bring the production to the stage. Mac Pirkle, co-founder and former Artistic Director for Tennessee Repertory Theater, is also producing.
The Broadway-bound THE NUTTY PROFESSOR musical also features the talents of Broadway favorites Mark Jacoby and Marissa McGowan, as Dean Warfield and Stella, respectively.
Additional cast members include: KLea Blackhurst (MISS LEMON), Alex David (KELP DOUBLE), and Jamie Ross (HARRINGTON WINSLOW), as well as Meghan Glogower, Blair Goldberg, Autumn Guzzardi, Sarah Marie Jenkins Allison Little, Charles MacEachern, Lindsay Moore, Ronnie Nelson, Patrick O'Neill, Dominique Plaisant, Carly Blake Sebouhian, Jason Sparks, Christopher Spaulding, Kristopher Thompson-Bolden, Kyle Vaughn, and Ryan Worsing in the ensemble.
Inspired by the film, recently named one of the top 100 comedies of the century by the American Film Institute, the musical follows geeky chemistry Professor Kelp, who concocts a formula to turn himself into the ultimate heartthrob. Utilizing elements of classic comedy, the creators of "The Nutty Professor" are working to redefine what an American musical comedy can be-funny with a fabulous score and characters that resonate with the audience.
Tickets to "The Nutty Professor" can be purchased at www.tpac.org/broadway.