A world-first musical stage adaptation that reimagines the hit 1983 Eddie Murphy-Dan Aykroyd comedy Stock exchanges threw away Freestyle Love SupremeAneesa Folds in the role that made Murphy a Hollywood superstar, with Bryce Pinkham (Broadway’s A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder) in the Aykroyd spot.
With a book of Renew 911! actor and writer Thomas Lennon, directed by Kenny Leon (A raisin in the sun, a soldier’s game) and music and lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner (Broadway’s First date), Stock exchanges will debut at the Alliance Theater in Atlanta on May 25, through June 26.
“I’m so excited to come home to this world-class cast and creative team and a new musical that I know will resonate with and be embraced by the Atlanta community,” Leon said in a statement. . “With Stock exchanges, we explore the idea of what would happen if we all switched places with someone else, even for a day, literally putting ourselves in someone else’s shoes. It is relevant; it is edifying; everyone will feel heard and represented. And you will laugh, a lot! It’s the perfect game for now.
With a cast and creative team made up largely of Broadway stalwarts, a possible move from Atlanta to New York is certainly under consideration. In addition to Folds and Pinkham, the cast includes Marc Kudisch (North country girl) and Lenny Wolpe (Bullets on Broadway) as Mortimer and Randolph Duke (Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy in the film), and McKenzie Kurtz (Frozen), Josh Lamon (Prom), Don Stephenson (mind problem) and Joe Montoya, who plays Phil, the apparent musical comedy reinterpretation of Ophelia from the film (played by Jamie Lee Curtis).
The film, directed by John Landis from a screenplay by Timothy Harris and Herschel Weingrod, made a big-screen superstar out of Murphy, who played a broke crook named Billy Ray Valentine who, as a social experiment, swaps space with the wealthy commodity broker Aykroyd. .
For the musical, Billy Ray was redesigned as Billie Rae. Folds, who also used the name Young Nees when she appeared in the cast of Broadway’s Freestyle Love Supremeco-created by Lin-Manuel Miranda, can currently be seen as Danya in Miranda’s film adaptation of tick, tick… BOOM!
The musical’s creative team also includes choreography by Fatima Robinson (whose film credits include dream girls and Coming 2 America 2), set design by Beowulf Boritt, lighting design by Adam Honoré, sound design by John Shivers and costume design by Emilio Sosa. The musical is produced by special arrangement with Marc Madnick and Michael Cassel Group.