Animal House heads to Broadway

Coinciding with the 30th anniversary of John Belushi’s death is the news that his classic 1978 comedy National Lampoon’s Animal House is bound for Broadway.

According to The New York Times, Universal Pictures Stage Productions confirmed a musical adaptation is in the works. Animal House concerns the Delta Tau Chi Fraternity – including a seventh-year undergraduate called Bluto Blutarsky, played by Belushi – who are threatened with expulsion by the Dean. The fraternity of troublemakers have other plans for him of course. No casting announcements for the musical have been made.

The musical will feature a score by the Barenaked Ladies, the band responsible for the song One Week back in 1998, and words by Michael Mitnick. Casey Nicholaw is on board as both director and choreographer after his Tony Award winning work on The Book of Mormon.

Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel and James L. Nederlander are currently producing with Matty Simmons, a producer on the original Animal House film acting as executive producer.

Discuss: Could it work?

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