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    Producer David Permut, who’s been trying to produce a Liberace musical for awhile now, has acquired the rights to make a stage version of the successful 2013 HBO film Behind The Candelabra that originally starred Michael Douglas and Matt Damon

    Although no cast, creative team, or production timeline is in place yet, Permut apparently wants Bradley Cooper to play Liberace, although given his film career, I highly doubt that will happen. If this is supposed to be set in Liberace’s later years like the movie, shouldn’t they cast someone maybe 20 years older and in his 60s?

    Permut also apparently wants to have the show premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse with Tony winner Christopher Ashley directing (since he is that venue’s artistic director) before hitting Broadway.

    Thoughts on this? Do you think Broadway needs a Liberace musical? Who is your dream casting choice for Liberace? https://www.broadway.com/buzz/196305/behind-the-candelabra-musical-in-the-works-producer-david-permut-acquires-rights-to-hbo-film/

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    Hugh Jackman would be an amazing Liberace, but I’m sure he has better sense than to get associated with something like this, plus he’s set to play Harold Hill next season.

    This doesn’t sound necessary to me. Liberace was a pianist, not a singer, so it seems like that would make for an awkward adaptation. What’s next, Yo-yo Ma: The Musical?

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