Universal Studios Brings Creature Musical to Stage
Created 06/30/2009 - 23:00
Press Release from Universal Studios Hollywood
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., June 30 -- Universal Studios Hollywood introduced "Creature from The Black Lagoon - A Raging Rockin' Show," featuring an all-original score and dazzling Broadway-level production values in a hip, musical stage adaptation of the Universal cult classic, opening exclusively at The Entertainment Capital of L.A.
The "Creature" made a grand entrance to the theme park in an enormous traveling aquarium. Among those on hand to witness his arrival was actress Julie Adams, who was the "Creature's" leading lady in the 1954 classic Universal Pictures film production that inspired the new musical production.
The new musical attraction has an approximate 25 minute running time and a storyline that has been updated from the original screenplay to infuse romance and comic relief with extravagant stagecraft, acrobatic choreography and a hilarious and contemporary musical score certain to keep the production moving at a sizzling pace.
Audiences will be immersed within a menacing Amazon environment, completely enveloped by the exotic sounds of the jungle as they watch the twisted love story between beauty and beast unfold. From the production's first moments, guests will be thrust into an unexpectedly outrageous, bizarrely romantic, melodic and often outlandishly comic adventure as this monster classic is re-imagined for the 21st Century.
"Creature from the Black Lagoon - A Raging Rockin' Show" is being realized for the stage by Universal Creative and an award-winning theatrical production team drawing from the best of Broadway that includes, Tony Award(R)-nominated Director and Choreographer Lynne Taylor-Corbett, whose credits include Footloose, starring Kevin Bacon, Bewitched, starring Nicole Kidman and Broadway's "Swing!"; Scenic Designer James Youmans, whose credits include Broadway's "West Side Story" and "Gypsy," starring Patti LuPone as well as Barry Manilow's Showstoppers International Tour; Creature & Puppet Designer Michael Curry, one of the world's leading production designers and whose credits include "The Lion King," the 1996 and 2002 Olympic opening and closing ceremonies and Cirque du Soleil(R); Fly Sequence Designer Paul Rubin, whose accomplishments include elaborate aerial stunts for "Wicked," "Peter Pan," and the Tony Awards(R); and Producer Marc Routh, whose Broadway credits include, "Little Shop of Horrors" "Gypsy," starring Patti LuPone, Mel Brooks' "Young Frankenstein" and "The Producers."