A recent release of an Equity casting notice has revealed that Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre will present a musical version of the 1988 film Bull Durham in the near future. Rehearsals for the show are set to begin July 2014, with an expected opening date of September 13, 2014. The show will run a limited engagement performance through October 5, 2014.
Bull Durham is based upon the minor league experiences of writer and director Ron Shelton. The film, and subsequently the musical, tells the story of the players and fans of the Durham Bulls, a minor league baseball team located in Durham, North Carolina. The film starred Kevin Costner as “Crash” Davis, a veteran catcher who is brought in to help teach rookie pitcher Ebby Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh (played by Tim Robbins) about the game in preparation for reaching the Major Leagues.
The production will be directed by Kip Fagan. It will feature musical direction by Jason DeBord and choreography by Josh Bergasee.
The Alliance Theatre, which will host the production, is the leading producing theatre in the Southeast by creating powerful experiences of shared theatre for diverse people on two stages. Founded in 1968, the Alliance Theatre values excellence, pursued with integrity and creativity, and achieved through collaboration. The theatre has been able to deliver powerful programming that challenges both adult and youth audiences to think critically and care deeply; with more than 200,000 patrons annually. Under the leadership of Susan V. Booth, Jennings Hertz Artistic Director, the Alliance Theatre received the Regional Theatre Tony Award in recognition of sustained excellence in programming, education, and community engagement.
Information regarding casting will be released at later date.