Treasure Island Play to Sail to Broadway in Summer

According to Variety, Treasure Island will set sail for Broadway this summer.

Based on the Robert Louis Stevenson classic about a gang of adventure-seeking pirates, Treasure Island - budgeted at $3.5 million - will be presented as an "action-oriented play."  It will be produced by Jonathan D. Moll and will play a medium-sized Broadway house.  Barry and Vernon Morris will pen the adaptation of Treasure Island, whose many film adaptations include a 1934 film with Lionel Barrymore and Jackie Cooper.

"I've always wanted to do an action play. I realized it was something missing on Broadway.  All the fights really further the story and develop the characters," stated Barry Morris, who has served as fight director on Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Evil Dead the Musical.

Treasure Island, which has received a number of previous productions, will be designed by Tony Straiges (Sunday in the Park with George) and will feature a cast of 14.  According to the article, "the minimal set will consist mainly of four rolling, interlocking platforms, accessorized with maritime elements such as barrels and ropes."  The production will incorporate sea shanties sung by the cast.

More information on theatre, dates and casting will be announced.


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