Memphis’ Opening Night, Miss Saigon To Big Screen, and Reagan Bio Show

The Broadway musical Memphis had its opening night. Miss Saigon is coming to the big screen. And there’s a Ronald Reagan bio show on its way.

One of the hottest shows of the winter, Memphis, finally opened on Broadway this past Monday at the Shubert Theatre. The show stars Chad Kimball and Montego Glover and features music by Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan.

Memphis, set in the 1950’s, is about a white DJ who falls in love with a black singer. The raucous musical, which has played successfully in Boston, Seattle and San Diego, is known for its catchy songs, solid characters, and exquisite dancing.

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Lee Daniels will direct the big screen adaption of Miss Saigon. The film will hit theaters sometime in 2011. A screenwriter has yet to be hired.

Miss Saigon, which held over 4,000 performances on Broadway, is a modern version of Madame Butterfly set during the Vietnam War. The original cast starred Lea Salonga, Jonathan Pryce, and Hinton Battle.

This project is spearheaded by Paula Wagner who is also in the process of creating a stage musical about Run-DMC.

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Producers David Parmut and Mark Travis have commissioned David Rambo to write a solo show about President Ronald Reagan. Rambo is a CSI writer-producer and author of the off-Broadway play The Lady With All The Answers.

The Reagan play will be directed by Peter Hunt.

Parmut, Travis and Hunt collaborated on two other presidential one man-shows, Give ‘Em Hell Harry (about President Harry Truman) and Bully: An Adventure With Teddy Roosevelt. Both productions starred James Whitmore.

The role of Reagan has yet to be cast.

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