John Behlmann, Melissa Errico and Will Swenson Lead Atlanta Premiere of BULL DURHAM, Beginning Tonight at the Alliance Theatre
John Behlmann, Melissa Errico and Will Swenson star in BULL DURHAM, the new musical based on the beloved 1988 film, which Sports Illustrated proclaimed the "#1 Greatest Sports Movie of All-time." BULL DURHAM will premiere at the Alliance Theatre tonight, September 3, and will run until October 5. For tickets, visit www.alliancetheatre.org or call 404-733-5000. The Alliance Theatre is located in the Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309.
Directed by Kip Fagan, BULL DURHAM has a book by Academy Award-nominee Ron Shelton (director and screenwriter of the Bull Durham movie) and music and lyrics bySusan Werner, whom the Chicago Tribune called, "one of the most innovative songwriters working today."
John Behlmann made his Broadway debut in the Tony award winning Journey's End and has starred in the Tony nominated play The 39 Steps. Melissa Errico is a Tony Award nominee for her work in Amour. She was seen Off-Broadway as Clara in the recent revival of Passion and has a recurring role on Stephen Soderbergh's upcoming Cinemax series "The Knick". Will Swenson can currently be seen as 'Inspector Javert' on Broadway in LES MISERABLES and is a Tony award nominee for his work in Hair.
Will Swenson will take a hiatus from LES MISERABLES from July 22 through October 5 for the Atlanta engagement of BULL DURHAM.
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 (Will Swenson) has been brought to the Durham Bulls to prepare rookie Ebby Calvin "Nuke" LaLoosh (John Behlmann), a hot rod pitcher with a "million dollar arm and a five cent head," for the majors. Annie Savoy (Melissa Errico), 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, baseball, and steamy romance, BULL DURHAM will leave you cheering from the stands.
The creative team also includes 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).
Additional casting, additional creative team and a production schedule will be announced at a later date. Season tickets for the Alliance Theatre are on sale at 404-733-4600. For more information, visit www.alliancetheatre.org/bulldurham.