Posted: 07/28/2012 9:21 am Updated: 07/28/2012 9:21 am
Yes, that “Sleepless in Seattle” musical is still happening, and it now has a new musical team behind it. Ben Toth and Sam Forman will be the composer and lyricist, respectively, on the show, it was announced Thursday.
Toth and Forman will replace the previous songwriting team consisting of Michelle Citrin, Michael Garin and Josh Nelson.
“It was our conclusion that we didn’t feel that the music team we had was the horse we could ride to the end of this,” the musical’s producer David Shor told the Los Angeles Times. “They wrote some great music, but it wasn’t a whole show’s worth of great music.”
Citrin, Garin and Nelson had originally been hired in spring of 2010 to replace musical writers Ian Fraser and Leslie Bricusse, Entertainment Weekly reported. The musical’s core team of director (Lonny Price), book writer (Jeff Arch) and music director (Eric Stern) remains unchanged.
Toth most recently scored Josh Radnor’s indie hit “Liberal Arts,” and splits his time as an in-demand vocal coach to the stars. Forman is a writer for stage and TV, and was the lyricist and co-book author on the musical “I Sing.”
The musical, based on the hugely successful 1993 Nora Ephron film starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, was first set to premiere at the Pasadena Playhouse in June 2012. It’s now expected to open exactly a year later, in June 2013. Casting news has not yet been announced.
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