A comedy-drama feature film, Secondhand Lions was released in 2003 by New Line Cinema. Written and directed by Tim McCaniles, it starred Robert Duvall and Michael Caine in lead roles. Following the success of the film, it has now been adapted into a musical which will be staged at the famous 5th Avenue Theater in Seattle.
Over the years, a popular trend has been observed in theater circles. More and more famous movies are being adapted into musicals. It is obvious why this is so considering the success of some of these adaptations like “The Wizard of Oz” and “Hairspray”. It is according to the same philosophy that Secondhand Lions is being adapted for the stage. Considering that thought, this is one musical theater and music lovers should not miss, because it has already been a successful movie. With Secondhand Lions tickets you can expect to have an entertaining time as it has all the ingredients to make it a successful musical.
The production team of the musical features an impressive lineup. At the helm of the project is director Scott Schwartz who has extensive experience of acting and directing. The musical’s book has been penned by Rupert Holmes, who is a Tony Award and Drama Desk Award winning writer. Holmes has won awards for his work on “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” and the hit Broadway musical “Curtains”.
Famous duo Michael Weiner and Alan Zachary team up once again to write the music and lyrics for the musical. The duo has gained widespread critical acclaim for their work on Disney projects like the musical “Twice Charmed: An Original Twist on the Cinderella Story” and the hit Disney movie, “Cinderella II”. They have also provided music for the hit family musical “Mystery of the Dancing Princesses”. But there greatest work to date has been the hit Broadway musical “First Date” which was a critical and commercial success.
About the Musical
The musical revolves around eleven year old Walter, who has to spend a summer with this eccentric uncles at their farm in Texas. Set in the 1950’s, the musical will take the audience back to simpler times, when imagination could be a wonderful substitute for boredom and would take people on magical adventures. Walter’s imagination is stirred by his uncles’ magical tales, and his boring summer turns into a grand adventure, as he learns the true value of family and love.
Complimenting the beautiful story line will be fresh and inventive music, which the composers say ranges from “western film score music to Patsy Cline ballads to bluegrass and rhythm and blues”. Along with that the audience will get to experience extravagant sets, beautiful costumes and of course wonderful acting.
So do not miss a chance to catch this beautiful story unfold in front of you in the language of music and dance.