St. Louis to Host World Premiere of Musical “The Karate Kid”
“The Karate Kid, The Musical”, based on the hit film Columbia Pictures, will have a limited edition from May 25 to June 26
ST. LOUIS – Stages St. Louis will host a new musical in 2022 before heading to Broadway. And the theatrical organization’s victory in the international project should make Saint-Louis a “test” city for new productions, officials said.
“The Karate Kid, The Musical,” based on the hit film Columbia Pictures, will have limited airing from May 25 to June 26, 2022, at the 530-seat Ross Family Theater at the new Kirkwood Performing Arts Center, officials said on Wednesday. .
The new musical will be part of the 2022 season of Stages St. Louis. Jack Lane of Stages, executive producer, and Michael Hamilton, artistic director, will join the musical’s development team to bring it to St. Louis.
The producers of “The Karate Kid, The Musical” are Naoya Kinoshita (Kinoshita Group), Kumiko Yoshii and Michael Wolk. The musical “book” is by Robert Kamen, who modeled it after his original semi-autobiographical film script, with music and lyrics by Drew Gasparini. The production will be directed by Japanese director Amon Miyamoto and choreographed by MTV VMA nominees Keone and Mari Madrid.
“We are truly honored to be squarely between the crossroads of Tokyo and New York and to tell this universal story of understanding and acceptance,” Lane said in a statement. “We can’t think of a better show to help launch not only Stages, but the St. Louis area, as a whole new pre-Broadway test destination.”
“The Karate Kid, The Musical” will feature set design by two-time Emmy Award-winning Tony and Derek McLane, costume design by three-time Yomiuri Theater Grand Prize winner Ayako Maeda, illumination by two-time Tony Award-winning Bradley King, sound design by Tony Award-winning Kai Harada, orchestrations by three-time Tony Award-nominated John Clancy, and musical direction and arrangements by Andrew Resnick.
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