“I am thrilled that such a prestigious Broadway director as Lonny Price has fallen in love with Sleepless and he will help bring this beloved story to theatergoers worldwide,” said Shor. “The benefits of his presence as the artistic leader have already made themselves apparent as we continue to develop the show.”
“I have been looking for a true love story to direct for the musical stage for a long time,” said Price. “Needless to say, when Sleepless In Seattle – The Musical, one of the most beloved screen romances of all time was offered to me, I jumped at the opportunity. We hope to transform this much-loved film into something as unique as a musical.”
Eric Stern (Xanadu, The Music Man, Follies) has been named the musical director of Sleepless. A new team of lyricists and composers will be announced shortly.
Sleepless has a book by Jeff Arch, who penned the film’s original story and co-wrote the screenplay, sharing 1994 Oscar, BAFTA and WGA nominations with Nora Ephron and David Ward.
Sleepless, is currently scheduled to have its World Premiere at The Pasadena Playhouse (Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director and Charles Dillingham, Interim Executive Director) in June, 2013.
Sleepless centers around Sam, a widower and single father. When Sam's son, Jonah calls into a talk radio program looking for a new mother, Sam ends up getting on the phone and laments about his lost love. Thousands of miles away in Baltimore, Annie hears the program and immediately falls in love with Sam, despite the fact that she has never met him and that she is engaged to another man. Believing they are meant to be together, Annie sets out for Seattle to meet Sam, who, meanwhile, contends with an onslaught of letters from available women equally touched by his phone call.
The American Film Institute (AFI) lists Sleepless in Seattle among the Top 10 best romantic comedies of all time and the film grossed over 227 million dollars worldwide. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards, two BAFTA Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, four MTV Movie Awards, one Writers Guild of America Award, and won an American Comedy Award and a Casting Society of America Award. Sleepless In Seattle is based on the 1957 film “An Affair To Remember” starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr.
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LONNY PRICE (Director) most recently directed the stage and film version of the New York Philharmonic’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s Company (starring Neil Patrick Harris, Stephen Colbert, Jon Cryer, Christina Hendricks, Martha Plimpton, Patti LuPone, etc.), which played in over seven hundred movie theaters across the country. He also directed the stage and filmed versions of his tribute to Stephen Sondheim, Sondheim: The Birthday Concert, for which he received the 2011 Emmy Award.
On Broadway he directed Audra McDonald in 110 in the Shade, Danny Glover in Athol Fugard’s ‘Master Harold’ ... and the Boys; Joan Rivers in Sally Marr and Her Escorts (which he co- wrote with Ms. Rivers and Erin Sanders); Jenn Colella in Urban Cowboy; and himself in A Class Act, for which he also co-wrote the book (with Linda Kline) and was nominated for a Tony Award. Some of Lonny Price’s Off-Broadway directorial work includes Kiki Baby (which he co-wrote with Grant Sturiale and Kitt Lavoie), Visiting Mr. Green, starring Eli Wallach; Beautiful Girls, starring Zoe Caldwell; Jules Feiffer’s Grown Ups, Athol Fugard’s Valley Song, and Mary Pat Gleason’s Stopping Traffic, for the Vineyard Theatre. He made his opera directing debut at the Houston Grand Opera directing Audra McDonald in Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine and Michael John LaChiusa’s Send.
His first feature film, ‘Master Harold’ ... and the Boys, (starring Freddie Highmore and Ving Rhames), received the 2011 Best Drama Award at the New York International Film and Video Festival, as well as Lonny receiving a Best Director of a Drama award. Other television work includes Gabriel Byrne in Camelot, (Live from Lincoln Center), Candide, starring Kristin Chenoweth (Emmy nomination) and Sweeney Todd, starring Patti LuPone and George Hearn for which he won an Emmy. Mr. Price also directed the Emmy Award–winning production of Sondheim’s Passion, starring Ms. LuPone, Audra McDonald, and Michael Cerveris, as well as several episodes of ABC’s Desperate Housewives
As an actor, he appeared on and Off-Broadway in a variety of plays and musicals, including Athol Fugard’s MASTER HAROLD…and the boys, (starring James Earl Jones and Danny Glover), Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along, and Lanford Wilson’s Burn This. On film he is best remembered for playing Neil Kellerman, the hotel owner’s grandson in Dirty Dancing. For his acting work, he has received Obie, Theatre World, Drama League, and Drama Logue awards
DAVID SHOR (Producer) is the founder and CEO of The Shor Group of Companies headquartered in Santa Barbara, California. Shor has an extensive background in entertainment management, motion picture and live performance production. He has served as the CEO of the Shor Group of Companies for over 30 years. Shor's business advisory clients in the entertainment industry include screenwriters, producers, directors and performers across the spectrum of the industry; from major showroom acts in Las Vegas, to world-renowned "cirque" performers, to movie production, to screenwriters, to event productions. Shor has raised and managed tens of millions of dollars on behalf of his clients. Shor has served as Producer/Executive Producer and managing partner of Labrador Pictures (feature motion pictures), Managing Partner of Labrador Media Group, Executive Producer for The Flying Cranes (cirque performers-worldwide), Producer for Goodman Productions (live events-Las Vegas), Producer for TJ Productions (live events), Production Adviser/Consultant for Delaware Pictures (motion pictures) and Producer for Liberty Jam Corporation (live concerts including: Eric Clapton, Santana, The Eagles) and he represents performers, writers, filmmakers and other entertainment professionals as manager. Shor was Producer and Executive Producer of the recently released motion picture "Dave Barry's Complete Guide To Guys" and he is presently producing the stage adaptation of Sleepless In Seattle for Broadway. Shor's company Sleepless In Seattle Management, LLC holds the rights to the show. Shor has several motion picture projects in various stages of production, including the feature films "The Baker's Toy" and "The Beacon Street Mob" with his long time business partner, writer Jeff Arch. In addition, Shor is developing and producing a traveling variety show, "National Lampoon Live". Shor has served as an advisor on numerous motion picture projects. Mr. Shor serves on numerous corporate and not-for-profit boards. Mr. Shor recently served as Chairman & President of the Tahoe-Reno International Film Festival and is a member of the Producer's Network of the Cannes Film Festival, served as Chairman of the Board and President of the Ojai-Ventura International Film Festival and he served on the board of the Ray Bradbury Theater and Film Foundation. David Shor resides in Santa Barbara, California with his wife and has a son in college and two grown daughters.
PASADENA PLAYHOUSE operates under Artistic Director Sheldon Epps and Charles Dillingham, Interim Executive Director. Broadway productions that originated at The Playhouse include Sister Act, Baby It's You!, Looped and Mail. Unchain My Heart: The Ray Charles Musical, which also premiered at The Playhouse is scheduled to open on Broadway this season. In 1937, The Pasadena Playhouse was designated the State Theatre of California.