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Bull Durham Headed to Broadway!

SamIAm2
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Posted: 12/11/13 at 10:03am
I am really excited about this. Bull Durham is my all-time favorite movie. For me, this will be perfect if Laura Osnes is cast as Annie Savoy.
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madbrian
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Posted: 12/11/13 at 10:29am
Shouldn't Annie be older? This is the part where I suggest Rachel York.
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SamIAm2
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Posted: 12/11/13 at 10:33am
I would guess Annie to be about 34. Laura is now 28, so it wouldn't be too much of a stretch.
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madbrian
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Posted: 12/11/13 at 10:45am
Sarandon was 42 in the movie, which is what will be in folks' minds when the musical is inevitably compared.
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Deena Jones
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Posted: 12/11/13 at 12:16pm
Let's hope they have the jockstrap scene!!!
SamIAm2
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Posted: 12/11/13 at 03:40pm
Deena, are you referring to the "lollygaggers" scene? Somehow, I never thought about it quite that way.
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Wee Thomas2
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Posted: 12/11/13 at 05:01pm
INTERIOR. NIGHT. ANNIE'S HOUSE.

Annie Savoy: Oh, where are you going?
Crash Davis: After 12 years in the minor leagues, I don't try out. Besides, uh, I don't believe in quantum physics when it comes to matters of the heart.
Annie Savoy: What do you believe in, then?

CRASH (SINGING):
I believe in the great soul, immortal, forever
The c-ck and the p-ssy, alone or together
The small of a woman's back makes me just sing
These are a few of my favorite things!

The hanging curve ball always makes me feel fine
High fiber, great scotch, although not at the same time
Sontag's crappy novels, they never grow wings
These are a few of my favorite things!

JFK conspiracies! Astroturf! The DH makes me sad
But then I remember my favorite things
And then I don't feel so bad!

I believe in the sweet spot and soft-core pornography
Presents on Christmas like Risk and Monopoly
Long slow wet kisses make you feel like a king
These are a few of my favorite things!

ANNIE: Get out of my house.
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Wee Thomas2
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Posted: 12/12/13 at 10:06am
Really?

No thoughts on the above?

So what, here's more:

EXTERIOR. BALLPARK. CRASH and NUKE and the rest of the TEAM are on the pitcher's mound in a CONFERENCE. LARRY wanders over from the dugout.

Larry: Excuse me, but what the hell's going on out here?
Crash Davis: Well, Nuke's scared because his eyelids are jammed and his old man's here. We need a live... is it a live rooster?
[Jose nods]
Crash Davis: . We need a live rooster to take the curse off Jose's glove and nobody seems to know what to get Millie or Jimmy for their wedding present.

LARRY (singing)

I got your gift right here!
I got it from Revere!
Silver candlesticks are the best present, that is clear
Get two!
Get two!
Go get, em, you guys, get two!

Nuke's eyelids are shut
He's pitching in a rut
I think it's time for him to out there and kick butt
Get two!
Get two!
Go get, em, you guys, get two!

You need a rooster for
A sacrifice, I'm sure
But right now you need a double play even more
Get two!
Get two!
Go get, em, you guys, get two!

UMPIRE: Break it up, you guys. No musical numbers on the field.
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CukorLover
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Posted: 3/16/14 at 10:22pm
I wonder if this will have a better shot than ROCKY. I don't see a baseball diamond coming into the house for the Finale, but with a better score than ROCKY it could hit a home run .
yankeefan7
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Posted: 3/18/14 at 10:16pm
Please don't turn this wonderful movie into a Broadway musical. Can't we just leave a wonderful movie as is and have some original Broadway musicals.
yfs
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Posted: 3/18/14 at 10:21pm
Why can't we do both? Bull Durham has a really good love triangle for a musical, and a nice, eccentric feel to the world of minor league baseball -- let's hope they don't make it glitzy and generic, like Flashdance. It could have the kind of authentic flavor I miss in Broadway musicals.
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Anthony Fremont
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Posted: 3/18/14 at 10:45pm
Anyone familiar with Susan Werner's work?





Updated On: 3/18/14 at 10:45 PM
yankeefan7
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Posted: 3/19/14 at 09:02am
"Why can't we do both? Bull Durham has a really good love triangle for a musical, and a nice, eccentric feel to the world of minor league baseball -- let's hope they don't make it glitzy and generic, like Flashdance. It could have the kind of authentic flavor I miss in Broadway musicals. "

IMO - the problem is that original work is so seldom in comparison to a hit movie being made into a musical. You are right, story has a nice love triangle to it but I don't see stage version capturing the feel of minor league baseball. Some of the best scenes are action scenes and don't think stage can do that properly. Maybe they can because I would have never dreamed "Rocky" could be made into a musical either - lol
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Trish2
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Posted: 5/11/14 at 11:54pm
Hmmmm…

First time Broadway Director
First time Broadway Composer
First time Broadway Choreographer ( upcoming On The Town) notwithstanding.

Sounds like a home run to me.
cryan71
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Posted: 5/12/14 at 12:12am
I've listened to about 8 songs from the soundtrack and read the book. It's actually pretty good -- score reminds me a little bit of Best Little Whorehouse in Texas with it's slightly country feel (though there are some good slow Broadway numbers). Book closely follows the movie. I understand Will Swenson is going to play Crash in the out of town. We need new voices on broadway, so I"m happy with the creative.
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Mattbrain
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Posted: 5/12/14 at 11:19am
"Please don't turn this wonderful movie into a Broadway musical. Can't we just leave a wonderful movie as is and have some original Broadway musicals."

Oh God, shut up with that BS!!! I am more sick of seeing that complaint than I am of seeing movies getting adapted into musicals!!!
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Mister Matt
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Posted: 5/12/14 at 11:59am
Can't we just leave a wonderful movie as is and have some original Broadway musicals.

You mean musicals like In My Life, The Story of My Life or Glory Days? Or by "original" do you mean "may be adapted from a source other than a movie or at least an older movie that we might not be as familiar with"?

Do really bad musicals with original books/scores get a free pass? If so, I should get cracking and see if I can whip out a Tony winner by this weekend.
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thirtythirtyninety
Understudy
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Posted: 5/12/14 at 01:36pm
why isn't anyone developing FIELD OF DREAMS yet? It seems like a natural choice, if we're talking Kevin Costner baseball movies. Would probably work pretty well as a musical
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newintown
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Posted: 5/12/14 at 01:49pm
The songwriter is a somewhat-established folk artist. Nice stuff, but standard fare of its type. The part of her output that I know is ballad-heavy with vague and general lyrics. She may have the chops to create more theatrical songs, though.

Possibly more problematic - the book is by a former baseball player turned movie director/screenwriter (including the screenplay for Bull Durham), associated with sports-oriented films. No perceivable experience in live theatre. Screenwriters with no theatre experience have a relatively poor track record in theatre (9 to 5, Big Fish, Leap of Faith). Writing for movies and writing for theatre are not (contrary to what seems to be popular opinion) the same thing.

I don't think of it as a story that sings, personally, but who knows?
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HBP
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Posted: 5/12/14 at 02:11pm
I keep getting excited because I read this as "Bo Burnham." And then I realize that doesn't make any sense.
yankeefan7
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Posted: 5/12/14 at 04:01pm
"You mean musicals like In My Life, The Story of My Life or Glory Days? Or by "original" do you mean "may be adapted from a source other than a movie or at least an older movie that we might not be as familiar with"?

Do really bad musicals with original books/scores get a free pass? If so, I should get cracking and see if I can whip out a Tony winner by this weekend."

Something like "Next To Normal" comes to mind immediately. I guess what I am trying to say is that I am tired of "jukebox" musicals or musicals adapted from a hit movie.
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veronicamae
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Posted: 5/12/14 at 09:16pm
This isn't a jukebox musical. And is this film really considered a hit movie? I don't know what was considered a hit in the 80s. I'd never seen it until very recently.

While I get your point, 100% original shows are difficult to create, produce, etc. If they were easy, we'd have a lot more of them.
yankeefan7
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Posted: 5/13/14 at 10:08pm
"This isn't a jukebox musical. And is this film really considered a hit movie? I don't know what was considered a hit in the 80s. I'd never seen it until very recently.

While I get your point, 100% original shows are difficult to create, produce, etc. If they were easy, we'd have a lot more of them."

I know it is not a jukebox musical and said I was tired of them and musicals being made from "hit" movies. I truly understand original musicals are not easy and probably hard to get money to back them but still wish more could make it to Broadway.
yfs
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Posted: 5/13/14 at 10:51pm
The movie was a significant hit at the time and has been in circulation ever since. Sports Illustrated declared it the greatest sports movie ever made, so, yes, it was a hit movie.
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Karen Cartwright
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Posted: 5/13/14 at 11:31pm
Ugh. This feels like a very terrible idea.

 
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