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Broadway Beat: ‘Karate Kid’ Adaptation, ‘Mean Girls’ Movie Musical in Development, More

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|by Amy Sapp |

Plus, ‘Hairspray’ to launch 2020 National Tour

Rachel Tucker in the London production of 'Come From Away' (Photo: Matthew Murphy)

Rachel Tucker in the London production of 'Come From Away' (Photo: Matthew Murphy)

Rachel Tucker Joins Cast of Come From Away
Beginning on March 3, Broadway and West End veteran Rachel Tucker (WickedThe Last Ship) takes over the role of Beverly Bass and others at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. The role was originated by Jenn Colella, for which she garnered a Tony Award nomination. Tucker assumes the role from Becky Gulsvig (Legally Blonde, Hairspray).

Karate Kid Musical Adaptation in Development
Wax on, wax off. A musical, pre-Broadway adaptation of the beloved film Karate Kid is currently in development. The show will feature a book by the film’s screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen and music and lyrics by composer Drew Gasparini (NBC’s Smash). The show will receive direction by Amon Miyamoto (Pacific Overtures). In a press release, Miyamoto shared, “Many people love Broadway musicals for ‘escape’ – but I love them because they provide insight into how we should live our lives.”

Hairspray to Launch 2020 National Tour
A 2020 National Tour of the 2002 Tony Award-winning Best Musical, Hairspray, will launch a North American National Tour in Baltimore. The tour will stop in over 60 cities throughout its national tour. The show’s original director Jack O’Brien and choreographer Jerry Mitchell will reunite for the project. Cast has yet to be announced.

Mean Girls Musical to Receive Film Adaptation
In the wake of Mean Girls recouping its initial Broadway investment, the creative team announced a forthcoming film adaptation of their musical Mean Girls, which will be produced by Lorne Michaels and Tina Fey. The show will feature a script by Tina Fey, lyrics by Nell Benjamin, and music by Jeff Richmond. Said Lorne Michaels in a press release, “It has been a joy to work on Mean Girls and to watch it go from film, to musical, and now to musical film.”

Emojiland Extends Run Off-Broadway
Opened at The Duke on 42nd Street, the Off-Broadway musical Emojiland will now play through March 19, following positive critic and audience feedback. The musical by Keith Harrison and Laura Schein (who also stars as Smiling Face with Smiling Eyes) follows the escapades of a group of emojis – inside of a smart phone – as they prepare for the phone’s newest update. The cast includes Lesli Margherita (Matilda), Josh Lamon (The Prom), Lucas Steele (The Great Comet), Ann Harada (Avenue Q), George Abud (The Band’s Visit) and more.

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