'The Band's Visit's' George Abud To Star In World Premiere Of 'August Rush'

Casting for the new musical adaptation of the 2007 film, August Rush, is finally here! August Rush: The Musical is set to make its world premiere at Aurora, Illinois' Paramount Theatre this spring.

George Abud (The Band's Visit) will lead the cast as "Lewis Chapman", John Hickok (Little Women) as "Wizard/Thomas Novacek," Leenya Rideout (War Horse) as "Hope" and Sydney Shepherd (First Date) as "Lyla Novacek," with Jack McCarthy (Finding Neverland) and Huxley Westemeier (School of Rock) alternating as "August Rush/Evan Taylor."

August Rush features music and lyrics by Mark Mancina (scored the original Warner Bros. film) and a book and lyrics by Glen Berger. Orchestrations and additional music are by Tony nominee David Metzger, who orchestrated the film according to Playbill.

“I’m excited about the development of this new and unique musical,” said director Doyle. “August Rushcenters on the emotional and musical journey of a young boy–a lost boy. Through music he reunites with the parents he otherwise may never have found. The ‘hope’ that the story highlights is powerful. That, more than anything, is what attracted me to the material, and I’m honored to be a part of its journey.”

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