EXCLUSIVE! Bob Martin Confirms Geoffrey Rush-Led THE DROWSY CHAPERONE Film & Reveals Details
Last week, BroadwayWorld reported that a forthcoming feature film adaptation of the lovable Tony Award-winning musical THE DROWSY CHAPERONE is set to film early next year, and, subsequently, one of the Tony Award-winning authors himself, Bob Martin, was generous enough to provide us with confirmation and offer the full 411 on the stage-to-screen transfer as it now stands.
Bob Martin had the following to tell me about the film, including profuse praise for the casting of Geoffrey Rush in the iconic role of Man In Chair that Martin made so indelibly memorable on Broadway and beyond, as well as much more:
"Basically, I'm thrilled to be working with Geoffrey. I saw him play Man in Chair in Melbourne and I thought he was great. He is very much a Man in Chair at heart, frequently quoting obscure lyrics from forgotten musicals in conversation (seriously, he does). His unbridled enthusiasm for the project helped convince us that this love letter to the theatre could work as a film. Don McKellar and I wrote the screenplay and we think we have something quite exciting that is essentially cinematic, but still retains the heart of the original. The details about the upcoming production, including the director (a bit of a hero to all of us), will be made public very shortly. And, okay, why I am not playing Man in Chair in the film? Well, because I think Geoffrey Rush is a pretty good actor too, and he could use a break."
The big screen movie musical adaptation of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE is currently set to start shooting in early 2014.
THE DROWSY CHAPERONE was written by Bob Martin and Don McKellar, with music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison. The original 2006 Broadway production received Tony Awards for Best Book, Best Original Score, Best Featured Actress (Beth Leavel), Best Scenic Design & Best Costume Design and ran for nearly a year and a half on Broadway.
Of note, Geoffrey Rush starred as Man In Chair in the original Melbourne Theatre Company production of the musical in 2010, which was a sell-out, multi-extended run hit.
Check out the original BroadwayWorld article first reporting the film adaptation of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, available here.
So, what are some of your casting suggestions for THE DROWSY CHAPERONE film now that it has been confirmed exclusively to us to be on the way by the original Man In Chair himself?