A new musical is coming to the Broadway stage. “August Rush,” based on the 2007 film starring Freddie Highmore and the late Robin Williams. Southpaw Entertainment and CJ E&M announced Nov. 25 that they will begin development in New York on Dec. 9-10.
“August Rush” is a story about a boy named Evan Taylor, who is able to hear music in the world around him. The music he hears leads him to New York City in hopes of finding his parents. Instead, he is taken in by a group of street performers led by a man named “Wizard” Wallace. The boy earns the stage name “August Rush.” Eventually, Evan’s music reunites him with his parents, who have been searching for him, too.
The closed workshop rehearsal for the upcoming musical adaptation will include Broadway stars such as Terrence Mann and Isabel Keating, and will be led by Tony Award winner John Doyle. Auditions for the musical ended on Dec. 10.
The musical will feature lyrics by Glen Berger and a score by Mark Mancina, the Grammy award-winner and composer of the film’s score. Berger has written plays such as “Underneath the Lintel” and “Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark.” Mancina has worked on soundtracks of films, including Disney’s “Tarzan” and “The Lion King.”
Mancina spent a year and a half on the original score for the film version. The main theme, “August’s Rhapsody,” is meant to be a unique combination of sounds and vocals that have transpired across his journey to find his family in New York City.
Editor’s Note: Information from Broadway.com, Broadwayworld.com and Billboard.com was used in this article.