Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the theater.
“Bruce,” a musical about the filming of director Steven Spielberg’s 1975 horror classic “Jaws,” will hit the shores of the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey, from June 9 to July 4, 2021.
The musical — featuring the tagline “A man, a mechanical shark, and the making of a masterpiece” — is based on the 1975 memoir “The Jaws Log” by screenwriter Carl Gottlieb. The show will chronicle the “beleaguered” production of the movie, which depicts a string of attacks by a shark — an animatronic beast nicknamed “Bruce” by the filmmakers — that sinks its teeth into beachgoers in a New England town.
Paper Mill’s production will reveal “challenges” faced by Spielberg, cast and crew during filming, through a show proving “that when we are faced with hardship and work together as a team, great things can happen,” according to the musical’s official description.
The movie’s cast includes Roy Scheider as police chief Martin Brody, who faces off with town mayor Larry Vaughn (Murray Hamilton), Richard Dreyfuss as marine biologist Matt Hooper and Robert Shaw as ship captain and shark-hunter Quint.
The show will be directed and choreographed by Donna Feore, with a book and lyrics by Richard Oberacker and Robert Taylor, who collaborated on the 2017 Broadway show “Bandstand.” No casting has been announced yet.
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