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‘Bull Durham’ musical to premiere at the Alliance in 2014

By Melissa Ruggieri / mruggieri@ajc.com

The eminently quotably “Bull Durham” will be transformed into a musical and premiere at the Alliance Theatre in September as part of its 2014-15 season.

Based on the 1988 Kevin Costner-Susan Sarandon movie which celebrates the Church of Baseball, the production will have a book by Academy Award-nominee Ron Shelton, the director and screenwriter of the film.

“Bull Durham,” the musical, will be directed by Kip Fagan, who has directed off-Broadway’s “The Revisionist” and “Asuncion.” Renowned folk singer-songwriter Susan Werner will provide music and lyrics.

Shelton loosely based the story of veteran catcher “Crash” Davis coming to play for the minor league Durham Bulls in North Carolina to prepare rookie Ebby Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh to pitch in the majors, on his own experiences. The story, of course, also includes Annie Savoy, who plucks a player each season to turn into an all-star by sharing her wisdom, experience and bed.

In the film, Sarandon’s Annie declares, “The only church that truly feeds the soul, day in, day out, is the Church of Baseball,” one of her many memorable lines.

The creative team behind the musical includes Emmy-winning choreographer Joshua Bergasse, Tony winner Derek McLane (scenic design), Tony nominee Toni Leslie James (costume design) and music director Jason DeBord.

Rehearsals are set to begin in July 2014. The musical will run Sept. 13-Oct. 5.

Season tickets for the Alliance Theatre go on sale in February 2014. All other tickets will go on sale in July 2014.

Visit http://alliancetheatre.org/ for more information.

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