Wednesday, December 11, 2013

'Bull Durham' being adapted into musical

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Bull Durham holds a reputation of being one of the greatest baseball motion pictures of all-time. But given society's refound love for musicals, a musical adaptation of the blockbuster is also in the works.

Producers of a new musical version plan to stage their show at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta in September 2014. Academy Award nominee Ron Shelton, who directed and wrote the movie, has adapted his screenplay. Kip Fagan will direct. Casting and a production schedule will be announced later.

The film starred Kevin Costner as a veteran minor-league catcher who’s assigned to handle the team’s wild new pitcher, “Nuke” LaLoosh, played by Tim Robbins. Susan Sarandon played a longtime fan who becomes romantically involved with both men.



Depending on who you ask, this could be either the best news or the worst news imaginable for fans of Bull Durham. Personally, I'm choosing to approach it with an open mind, as curiosity is definitely factoring into the equation. However, living up to the expectations set forth by the movie won't be easy. For the sanctity of all baseball movies ever made, let's hope this musical rendition turns out alright.

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