The stage musical about the making of the classic film Jaws has its lead actor – Jarrod Spector – impaled.
The nominated Spector, whose Broadway credits include Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and The Cher Show, will play Steven Spielberg in Bruce.
Bruce, based on Jaws screenwriter Carl Gottlieb’s 1975 memoir The Jaws Log, premieres at the Seattle Rep with previews beginning May 27 and a premiere slated for June 8.
It’s named after the nickname given to the 25-foot mechanical great white shark star of Jaws.
The musical centers on a young Spielberg faced with inclement weather, dangerous waters, hostile locals, a skyrocketing budget, endless delays, and a highly dysfunctional Bruce in order to make Jaws.
In a statement, Spector said it was a “true honor to portray perhaps the greatest genius in all of filmmaking” and that the musical “is about the group of brilliant artists who overcame every obstacle imaginable to somehow emerge with this genre-bending masterpiece.” I just hope Mr. Spielberg doesn’t mind that his singing voice sounds a lot like mine.”
Bruce has music by Richard Oberacker and story and lyrics by Oberacker and Robert Taylor, the team behind the 2017 Broadway musical Bandstand.
It is directed and choreographed by Donna Feore.
Spector grew up in Philadelphia, attended Princeton University and was educated at the Atlantic Theater Company.
He made his Broadway debut as Gavroche in the original production of Les Miserables.
Spector made a record 1,500 appearances as Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys on Broadway.
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