Animal House: The Musical in Development

MULTI-PLATINUM SELLING BAND BARENAKED LADIES TO COMPOSE ORIGINAL SCORE;

TONY AWARD® WINNER CASEY NICHOLAW TO DIRECT

Universal Pictures Stage Productions, in association with producers Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel and James L. Nederlander, today announced that they are developing a musical based on the classic 1978 Universal comedy, National Lampoon’s Animal House. Matty Simmons is Executive Producer.

Animal House: The Musical will feature an original score by multi-platinum selling band Barenaked Ladies (“One Week,” “Pinch Me”) with direction and choreography by Tony Award® winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, The Drowsy Chaperone, Spamalot). Michael Mitnick will write the libretto for the stage production.


UNIVERSAL PICTURES STAGE PRODUCTIONS (UPSP) is the live stage division of Universal Pictures, the motion picture studio which is part of NBCUniversal.  UPSP currently produces the record-breaking, cultural phenomenon Wicked, which has been seen by over 30 million people worldwide, and the critically acclaimed Billy Elliot: The Musical, winner of 10 Tony Awards®.  UPSP also produces the national tour of Bring It On: The Musical and the Broadway revival of Porgy and Bess.  NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group and world-renowned theme parks.  Comcast Corporation owns a controlling 51% interest in NBCUniversal, with GE holding a 49% stake.

JEFFREY RICHARDS and JERRY FRANKEL have produced nearly 30 Broadway productions in the past dozen years including Glengarry Glen Ross, Spring Awakening, The Pajama Game, August: Osage County, and Hair.  They are currently represented by The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess and Gore Vidal’s The Best Man.

JAMES L. NEDERLANDER is the president of the Nederlander Organization, son of James M. Nederlander (Chairman). Current productions on Broadway include Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark and Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

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