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Jason Robert Brown is Working on a Musical Adaptation of A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN!

"This is our daughter Dottie, and this is our other daughter, Dottie's sister."

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Carole King wrote a song for this movie that still "gets me" every time I hear it..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gof9cSQeKU
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The track record of success for sports themed musicals is pretty awful(all american, Lysistrata jones, rocky,etc) except for Damn yankees, and guesssing this could be another addition to the the sports musical wall of shame.

dont producers research this stuff before they write big checks?

that being said, could see norbert leo butz doing a great job in the Tom Hanks Role

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Just bought the OBC Honeymoon in Vegas. Ugh.
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Just wondering was Parade a great musical or was it a weak season?
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Like most things: that's a matter of opinion. I know lots of folks that love it, and many that don't.
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I do think it was daring and a great subject-matter to tackle. I wish more productions were that ambitious.
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This could possibly work on stage I think if the score is right and the book works then it could be a hit
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Did any more ever come of this? I've just been watching the movie and think it could work really well

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It's been over five years and no one has ever heard more about it. I don't think so, but he's always working on something. But, don't hold your breath. 

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This would be a great star vehicle for Betsy Wolfe and Caissie Levy
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He said at one of his SubCulture concerts that he is no longer working on this. I believe Sutton Foster was attached at one point, but that's obviously moot now.

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Navin Johnson said: "Norbert Leo Butz for Jimmy Dugan or what are we even doing here"

THIS!

 

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what else has he been up to? it’s been five years since his last show and three since his last album. i feel like an alleged movie of 13 has been in pre-production for a decade.
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what else has he been up to? it’s been five years since his last show and three since his last album. i feel like an alleged movie of 13 has been in pre-production for a decade.
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If he’s going to do another movie musical can it just be The Truman Show please.

I assume he’s been commissioned to write it for a producer so why would he turn it down? He may love the movie.
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BroadwayGuy12 said: "He said at one of his SubCulture concerts that he is no longer working on this. I believe Sutton Foster was attached at one point, but that's obviously moot now."

He also said at an interview at the Library of Congress that he chose to back out of the project. He was saying that he had been doing these more commercial projects (like 13 and Honeymoon In Vegas) out of financial security, but A League of Their Own was where he realized it wasn't making him happy. He said he's working on other projects that he's more passionate about.

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He has been writing a musical adaptation of Farewell, My Concubine, a Chinese movie about a Peking opera company during the political turmoil of Cultural Revolution. The movie is a beloved classic, some would say it's the best of all Chinese movies. It was banned in China 2 weeks after premiere because it touched on the subject of homosexuality, and being critical of Mao's government during the Cultural Revolution. The ban was lifted due to international outcry after it won Palme d'Or at Cannes in 1993. I remember seeing news that the musical had a workshop in February 2019 and another workshop this past February. 

Edit: People attached to this project include Kenneth Lin (book), Moises Kaufman (director), Thomas Murray (music director).

Updated On: 7/24/20 at 08:10 PM
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JRB has a few songs that I really like, but as a Broadway composer, I don't get the draw. A lot of his scores feel bland and repetitious to me. I don't really think there needs to be a musical version of A League of their Own, and I think there is even less of a need for a musical version composed by JRB. Who knows, maybe this one will surprise me.
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whatdoesntkillme said: "He's also (still) working on The Connector, almost 10 years since it was supposed to premiere"

He did a workshop of it at Princeton back in 2018. Kind of a wise move, since the show's about journalism. We have a very different relationship with media now than we did 10 years ago...

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He also wrote a pretty great score for “Mr. Saturday Night,” which I hope is still aiming for Broadway.
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trpguyy said: "He also wrote a pretty great score for “Mr. Saturday Night,” which I hope is still aiming for Broadway."

What's the score for that like, more in the Honeymoon in Vegas mode?

I hope that comes in with Billy Crystal.

 

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ErmengardeStopSniveling said: "trpguyy said: "He also wrote a pretty great score for “Mr. Saturday Night,” which I hope is still aiming for Broadway."

What's the score for that like, more in theHoneymoon in Vegasmode?

I hope that comes in with Billy Crystal.
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Yes, it's probably most similar to Honeymoon in Vegas. Billy was as sharp and funny as ever in the presentation last summer, and I can't imagine the show without him. 

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trpguyy said: "He also wrote a pretty great score for “Mr. Saturday Night,” which I hope is still aiming for Broadway."

It was supposed to start rehearsals this fall, but that was before COVID, so who knows when/if it's going up