‘Bull Durham’ to trade the diamond for the musical stage
“Bull Durham,” a new musical based on the 1988 film that was made in Durham, will premiere at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta in September 2014.
Directed by Kip Fagan, the musical has a book by Academy Award-nominee Ron Shelton (director and screenwriter of the “Bull Durham” movie) and music and lyrics by Susan Werner.
“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 their love of baseball. Veteran catcher “Crash” Davis (played in the film by Kevin Costner) has been brought to the Durham Bulls to prepare rookie Ebby Calvin "Nuke" LaLoosh (Tim Robbins), a hot-rod pitcher with a “million dollar arm and a 5 cent head,” for the majors. Annie Savoy (Susan Sarandon), 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. The love triangle heats up quickly as each character struggles with their own desires and hopes for what the future holds.
The film was shot at about 35 locations in Durham, and included extensive footage of the historic Durham Athletic Park and nearby neighborhoods. Altogether, 3,500 local residents were extras. After filming, the snorting bull that the film company made for “Bull Durham” was given to the Durham Bulls. It now overlooks the field in the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
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).
Casting, additional creative team and a production schedule will be announced at a later date.
For information, visit www.BullDurhamTheMusical.com.