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Tony-nominated Jarrod Spector has been cast to play Steven Spielberg in the upcoming Jaws– themed musical. The new musical brucebased on the novel by Carl Gottlieb The Jaws Diarywill play at the Seattle Rep’s Bagley Wright Theater beginning May 27 before opening night June 1.
“After watching Jaws for the first time, for years I was so terrified of water that I could barely set foot in a pool, let alone the ocean!” Jarrod Spector said in a statement. “Having now joined the bruce gang (and after reading The Jaws Diary, of course), I learned that making the movie was just as taxing as what the Orca guys went through. It’s a real honor to represent perhaps the greatest genius in all of cinema, and I’m so excited to be working with Donna Feore and the whole bruce team up to help tell this story about the group of brilliant artists who overcame every imaginable obstacle to somehow emerge with this genre-defying masterpiece. I just hope Mr. Spielberg doesn’t care that his singing voice sounds an awful lot like mine.
Spector is Tony nominated for his performance as Barry Mann in Beautiful musical The Carole King. The former Broadway.com vlogger also appeared as Frankie Valli in Boys jersey and Sonny Bono in The Dear Show.
bruce tells the story of a virtually unknown 26-year-old Steven Spielberg in 1974 as he sets out to film an adaptation of a bestselling novel. As he invaded a sleepy fishing island off Cape Cod to film in the open sea, he faced several challenges, including weather, water, unfriendly locals, an explosive budget, endless delays. and a very dysfunctional mechanical star named Bruce, to bring his vision to life. which turned out to be one of the greatest success stories in cinematic history.
Donna Feore directs and choreographs the musical, which features music by Richard Oberacker and book and lyrics by Robert Taylor and Oberacker. Taylor and Oberacker were previously represented on Broadway by their 2017 musical Bandstand.
The creative team also includes scenic design by Jason Sherwood, costume design by Tina McCartney, lighting design by Jeff Croiter, sound design by Brian Hsieh, projection design by Shawn Duan, music direction by Lily Ling and orchestration/musical supervision by Greg Anthony Rassen.