A New Musical April 24 - June 2
Directed by John Doyle
Bookwriter and Co-Lyricist: Glen Berger
Composer and Co-Lyricist: Mark Mancina
Orchestrations and Additional Music by Dave Metzger
Based on the Warner Bros. motion picture written by Paul Castro and Nick Castle
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ABOUT THE SHOW
When the Broadway Series began in 2011, we had big dreams for what it could become. Over the years, those dreams have been brought to life again and again. And now, one of our biggest dreams is finally becoming a reality. For the first time in its history, the Paramount Theatre will produce a brand new musical, and this one is all about the music.
Evan Taylor, an 11 year old orphan, believes in music like some believe in fairytales. In a cruel twist of fate, Evan’s mother, an accomplished classical cellist, and his father, the lead singer of a rock band, don’t even know he exists in this world. Even after so many years gone, Evan has not given up hope as he relentlessly searches for the parents he knows need him. Quickly discovering he too is a musical prodigy, Evan surrenders himself to the symphony of sounds and follows the music. In this inspiring love story, music is everywhere, but will it lead Evan home?
From the theatre that won the Jeff Award for “Best Large Musical” three years in a row, the moving story of August Rush is brought to the stage in Paramount Theatre’s first new musical. As a member of the Paramount Family, we invite you to be a part of history. All you have to do is follow the music home…to the Paramount Theatre.
A NEW MUSICAL
Be the first to see August Rush, a world premiere co-production with Washington D.C.’s Signature Theatre. Internationally acclaimed director John Doyle, who earned a Tony Award for Sweeney Todd and also staged the Broadway revival of The Color Purple starring Jennifer Hudson, will direct this new live stage adaption of the critically acclaimed Warner Brothers film. Working closely with Paramount and Signature is Mark Mancina, the celebrated composer of the film’s platinum selling soundtrack, who continues as composer and co-lyricist for the new stage version of August Rush. Mancina arranged and produced many songs for The Lion King and contributed music to Pixar’s hit film Moana. The creative team includes Emmy Award-winning bookwriter and co-lyricist Glen Berger, who co-wrote the book for Broadway’s SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark. Orchestrations and additional music are by Dave Metzger, who orchestrated the films August Rush, Training Day and Tarzan and received a Tony nomination for his work on Disney’s The Lion King.
FROM THE DIRECTOR
|“I’m excited about the development of this new and unique musical. The story centres on the emotional and musical journey of a young boy – a lost boy. Through music he reunites with the parents he otherwise may never have found. The “hope” that the story highlights is powerful. That, more than anything, is what attracted me to the material, and I’m honoured to be a part of its journey.”
-John Doyle, Director
- Director John Doyle, originally from the UK, is a Tony Award winner and also directed the revival of The Color Purple starring Jennifer Hudson.
- The film’s original producer, Richard Barton Lewis, and original composer, Mark Mancina, are working closely with Paramount Theatre to develop this new musical.
- The film August Rush was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song.
- Just like Million Dollar Quartet and Once, the actors in this production will replace the orchestra and play all instruments live on stage, creating the beautiful symphony of this story.
RATED PG FOR SOME ADULT THEMES & LANGUAGE
Out of respect for our patrons, children ages 2 and under are not permitted in the theatre.
Out of respect for the artists and in adherence to the union rules we are contractually obligated to enforce, all photography and video recordings of the stage, as well as of the production itself (including audio recording) are strictly prohibited. This policy will be enforced.