Monday, September 13, 2010

Geoffrey Rush in Talks For Man in Chair

Tony- and Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush, best known for his Oscar-winning turn in the film Shine, the Pirates of the Carribean trilogy, and a Tony-winning turn in last year's Exit the King, is in talks to play Man in Chair in a possible film adaptation of the 2006 musical The Drowsy Chaperone.  According to, Rush "played the role an Australian production of the musical at the Melbourne Theatre Company."  The show's book writer, Don McKellar, is on tap to direct the project, as well as adapting his original book for the screen.

To quote the article, "Featuring a Tony winning score by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison, The Drowsy Chaperone follows a musical theater fan who recounts the romantic entanglements of a classic movie star from his favorite fictional musical. Using creative stagecraft, the show within a show comes to life in the narrator's apartment. The Drowsy Chaperone opened on Broadway on May 1, 2006, and ran for 674 performances at the Marquis Theatre. The show receieved 13 Tony nominations and took home four awards, including a win for featured actress Beth Leavel."

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