Progress Report: Bull Durham The Musical

Corp VP of Special Projects George Habel shares the latest update on the stage show based on the famous movie about Durham’s favorite baseball team.  He recently blogged all about it on “Note to Self”:

Three decades after it’s theatrical release, Bull Durham has been reinvented as a musical, and it is Broadway bound. I attended a preview last month in New York City. The momentum seemed palpable.

The producers have been stubbornly dedicated to this project. As Bull Durham’s creator Ron Shelton says in the video clip below, it’s like distilling a fine scotch. 

Of course, I am a cheerleader for this makeover! Just imagine a popular Broadway musical…the cast in Bulls’ caps and jerseys…set in Durham NC…then a nationwide tour of 30-40 cities (including our DPAC.) The movie, now considered a classic, conferred a special status on Durham and its ball club thirty years ago. The Broadway version would be a marvelous revival of that phenomenon.

WRAL’s Bryan Mims tells the story…

We weren’t allowed to record the preview – top secret – but Bulls Production Manager Patrick Norwood talked with celebs in the audience.

About Crash Davis: Baseball Hall of Famer Joe Torre attended the preview. He’s certainly an authority on our National Pastime, and the story resonates with him…

About Annie Savoy: Director Marc Bruni enthusiastically brings the story of an empowered female to Broadway…

The movie gave us memorable characters and quotable dialog. The Broadway show raises the bar with music and dancing. You will leave the theatre singing this soundtrack so cleverly crafted by Susan Werner. It’s new territory for Bull Durham’s mastermind Ron Shelton

Thanks to Corp’s George Habel for this capcom story & video.

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