Darren Stein, writer and director of Jawbreaker, recently talked to Tribeca Film about turning his hit movie into a musical and revealed some more details:
Last week in New York City, in a small dance studio near Union Square, we were invited to attend the very first preview performance of Jawbreaker: The Musical, an adaptation of the 1999 cult film starring Rose McGowan, Rebecca Gayheart, and Judy Greer as high-schoolers caught up in the merciless throes of high school social politics and the accidental (or was it?) death of their friend.
The writer/director of the film is Darren Stein, and it's Stein who is writing the book for its musical adaptation. This new musical features a talented cast (Liz Gillies, pop star Jojo, American Idol alum Diana DeGarmo) and an impressive array of pop-influenced show tunes. Moreover, it's one more creative outlet now available for directors whose cult films are crying out for a second life.
Tribeca: So this is a lengthy process, translating a film to a musical. What is the next step for you?
DS: The next step is putting this on the stage as a production.
Tribeca: Are you looking to start in L.A. or somewhere else, or is the goal to be on the New York stage?
DS: The goal is eventually New York. It would be nice to do this at a prestigious regional theatre with an audience that would embrace it. We really want to make this musical that will appeal to all audiences, not just teenagers and twentysomethings. So we’re hoping to find a theatre, work out the kinks, discover the style and look of the show, and then hopefully bring it to New York.
Tribeca: What is the timetable on this?
DS: I think we went to get production up and running in about two to three months – soon. Talent like Jojo and Liz Gillies and Diana [DeGarmo] -- I want to get them while they’re invested in it, because someone else will get them.
You can read the full interview here!
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The readings for Jawbreaker: The Musical were yesterday and today in New York City! I've added 5 pictures to the gallery:
Musicals > Jawbreaker: The Musical > NYC Readings
The reading for Jawbreaker: The Musical is being held in NYC today!
MadBromance Productions announced today that final casting has been set for the 29-hour reading of JAWBREAKER: THE MUSICAL on Thursday, September 26th and Friday, September 27th at 3p.m. With a book by Darren Stein who wrote and directed the 1999 film, JAWBREAKER has music and lyrics by Jeff Thomson and Jordan Mann (Trails), choreography by Shea Sullivan (The Big Gay Musical), musical supervision by James Sampliner (Legally Blonde, The Wedding Singer) and is directed by Gabriel Barre (The Wild Party).
The reading will feature Diana DeGarmo (American Idol, Hairspray, 9 to 5) as Fern Mayo, Kate Flannery (The Office) as Principal Sherwood, Elizabeth Gillies (13, "Victorious") as Courtney, Joanna "Jojo" Levesque (The Bernie Mac Show, RV, G.B.F.) as Julie, Libby Servais (Lysistrata Jones) as Foxy and Preston Sadleir (Next To Normal) Zack. The cast also includes Sydni Beaudoin, Taylor Frey, Frankie James Grande, Alexa Green, John Arthur Greene, Eric Michael Krop,Veronica Kuehn, Paul HeeSang Miller, Marissa Rosen, LaQuet Sharnell, Allie Schulz and Marty Thomas.
Based on the 1999 film starring Rose McGowan, Julie Benz, Judy Greer and Rebecca Gayheart, JAWBREAKER: THE MUSICAL tells the Faustian tale of "Satan-in-heels" Courtney Shayne and her mean girl minions who play a fatal birthday prank on their best friend. When wallflower Fern Mayo catches the flawless three tucking their dead friend back into bed, Courtney promises to make Fern popular in exchange for her silence. Darkly comedic, JAWBREAKER is about the lengths we go to belong. With a propulsive pop score that ranges from Lady Gaga style synth pop to lush melodic ballads, Jawbreaker tells a relatable, mythic story for anyone who survived high school.
For more information, please email JAWBREAKERrsvp@fstheatrical.com
A few days ago, rehearsals for the production of Jawbreaker: The Musical began in New York City! I've added 5 pictures from rehearsals to our gallery. Next to Liz, stars of the musical include JoJo, Diana DeGarmo and Frankie Grande. A reading will be held September 26-27 - fingers crossed that Jawbreaker will get the green light!
Musicals > Jawbreaker: The Musical > Rehearsals
Liz attended the launch party of Melanie Mills' beauty book Glitter & Glam in Los Angeles a few days ago. As you might know, Glitter & Glam features celebrities transformed into iconic characters, accompanied by the step-by-step approach to perfecting each look. You can buy the book here if you haven't yet!
I added 2 high resolution pictures of the party to our gallery:
Public Appearances > Appearances 2013 > Glitter & Glam Book Launch Party
Exciting news! Liz just announced that she will be playing her first live show next month! If you don't have any plans for Wednesday, October 9th, 2013 and you are in the Los Angeles area, be sure to go. The show will be held at Genghis Cohen in LA at 9:30 PM and Liz will play some of her original songs! One more reason to go. Tickets are $8.
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