You read that right! A stage musical based on The Hudsucker Proxy!
The movie that this very site gets it’s strange name from has been made into a stage musical by Stephen A Weiner and Gelnn Slater and to be directed by Jerry Zaks. Apparently they’ve had the rights since 2001 and it’s taken this long to whip it into shape. It will play at the La Jolla Playhouse in California in June/July this year. It seems at the moment that they’re still in the process of casting it but you can already hear some songs from it over on Weiner’s website, go check ‘em out or, err, they’ll dock ya. From the songs it is obvious that the show will stick closely to the script. Could be fun.
Here’s the official blurb;
The Hudsucker Proxy, “a Page to Stage Workshop Production,” book and lyrics by Glenn Slater, music by Stephen A. Weiner, July/August 2009, Mandell Weiss Theatre. “When the CEO of Hudsucker Industries makes an abrupt and fatal exit from the company, the board of directors hatches a plot to drive their stock price down in order to buy up all the shares themselves. Enter Norville Barnes, a naive mailroom employee with a loopy new invention destined to fail, and a new Hudsucker CEO is born. Based on the Coen Brothers’ 1994 film, The Hudsucker Proxy is a delightfully dark musical fairy tale with an original score.” (Page To Stage productions are not open to critical review.)