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Musical High Fidelity To Debut in Boston; Broadway in Fall

The new musical, High Fidelity, will play a pre-Broadway engagement in Boston before landing on Broadway for a fall 2006 opening, the producers announced April 24.

Walter Bobbie (Chicago, Sweet Charity, White Christmas) has signed on to direct the new Tom Kitt, Amanda Green and David Lindsay-Abaire musical take on the Nick Hornby novel, which was also a film. Jeffrey Seller, Robyn Goodman, Kevin McCollum — the team behind the 2004 Tony Award-winning musical Avenue Q — will produce the new work.

High Fidelity follows the story of a record store owner (and constant Top 5-listmaker) who — when things in his current relationship go sour — revisits his former relationships to find where he went wrong. The 2000 film reset the Hornby story in Chicago (rather than England) starring John Cusack, Jack Black, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lisa Bonet, Tim Robbins and Lili Taylor. The musical will be set in New York.

Playwright David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole, Kimberly Akimbo, Fuddy Meers) will pen the book with music by composer Tom Kitt (Laugh Whore, Debbie Does Dallas) and lyricist Amanda Green (For the Love of Tiffany, Up The Creek Without A Paddle ).

The world premiere pre-Broadway production will play an out-of-town tryout engagement, Sept. 26-Oct. 22 at the Colonial Theatre as part of the Broadway Across America – Boston series. The show will then begin previews on Broadway in late November and open in early December at a theatre to be announced.

The wit, humor and humanity of Nick Hornby’s characters and story naturally lends itself to musical treatment,” according to songwriters Kitt and Green. “It is a socially acute contemporary love story about people who are obsessed with, and define themselves by pop music and culture. The hero’s life is a soundtrack and the big moments are songs.

It was bad enough when The Wedding Singer was made into a Broadway show. For those who have seen the movie version, maybe they can rest easy with this one, but purists who worship the book (i.e., me) will be outraged. Um, first, it takes place in London, not New York. Second of all…just please don’t do this. I can’t even imagine how they are going to obtain all the rights to the music that is mentioned. I have a vision of a large dance number set to a medley of Velvet Underground Songs. Ugh.

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