Baseball Movie BULL DURHAM Headed to Broadway
According to the News Observer, Bull Durham is headed to Broadway. Bull Durham is a baseball rom-com from 1988, which starred Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Robert Wuhl and Trey Wilson. Over the years, Ron Shelton, the original writer and director, has been adapting the movie for the stage.
Durham stated in an interview, "I was approached a number of times by Broadway producers over the years. The timing was never quite right. Then a few years ago, I got a call and it was a better time. I said I'd love to develop it, but I had to write the book (or script). Then I realized I'd never even seen a book. I was scrambling to read some on my flight to New York."
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Bull Durham is set to go into rehearsals in Atlanta for a tryout at the Alliance Theatre. If all goes well, the production will be moved to Broadway. The creative team includes director Kip Fagan, Emmy Award-winning choreographer Joshua Bergasse, Tony Award-winner Derek McLane(Scenic Design), Tony Award-nominee Toni Leslie James (Costume Design) and Jason DeBord (music director).
Bull Durham, loosely based on Ron Shelton's experiences on and off the field with a Minor League Baseball team, tells the story of three lives brought together by America's two favorite pastimes. Veteran catcher "Crash" Davis has been brought to the Durham Bulls to prepare rookie Ebby Calvin "Nuke" LaLoosh, a hot rod pitcher with a "million dollar arm and a five cent head," for the majors. Annie Savoy, self-appointed high priestess and muse of the Bulls, has a hard decision to make - every season she transforms one lucky player from an also-ran to an all-star by sharing with them her wisdom, experience and bed. The love triangle heats up quickly as each character struggles with their own desires and hopes for what the future holds. A pitch perfect blend of comedy, drama, and steamy romance, Bull Durham will leave you cheering from the stands.