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The Karate Kid Stage Musical Sets 2022 Pre-Broadway World Premiere Run

The Karate Kid franchise is set to receive another adaptation, as it will next be headed to the stage as a musical. The Stages St. Louis production is set to have its world premiere on May 25, 2022, and will run through June 26, 2022. The play is scheduled to be presented at The Ross Family Theatre at The Kirkwood Performing Arts Center in Kirkwood, Missouri, Playbill is reporting.

The stage adaptation will be produced by Naoya Kinoshita of the Kinoshita Group, Kumiko Yoshii and Michael Wolk, who announced the news of the project’s engagement. The group is hoping to subsequently bring the production to Broadway, following its run in Missouri.

The Karate Kid – The Musical is set to adapt the Oscar-nominated 1984 film of the same name, which was the first installment in franchise. The hit martial arts drama was directed by John G. Avildsen, and starred Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita and Elisabeth Shue.

The upcoming play will feature a score by Drew Gasparini and book by Robert Mark Kamen, who also wrote the original movie. The musical will be directed by musical and film helmer, Amon Miyamoto, and choreographed by MTV VMA nominees Keone and Mari Madrid. There hasn’t been any official news on who will be joining the cast yet.

“Karate teaches that if you treat people with inner strength, humility and the spirit of harmony, there will be no conflict,” Miyamoto said while discussing the stage adaptation. “My deepest hope is that our work resonates with audiences all over the world, spreading the ideas of acceptance and inclusion—which are the opposite of division.”

Jack Lane, Stages St. Louis executive producer, added: “We cannot think of a better show to help launch not just Stages, but the St. Louis region, as a brand new pre-Broadway tryout destination.”

In addition to the play, The Karate Kid franchise also includes four sequel films and an animated television series. The series also includes Netflix’s live-action show, Cobra Kai, which stars Macchio reprising his famous role of Daniel LaRusso. The comedy-drama is set to premiere its fourth season this December.

Karen Benardello
Karen Benardellohttps://cinemadailyus.com
As a life-long fan of films and television shows, and an endless passion for writing, Karen Benardello decided to combine the two for a career. She graduated from New York's LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic in 2008. Karen has since been working in the press in New York City, including interviewing film and television casts and crews, writing movie and television news articles and reviewing films and televisions series. Some of her highlights include attending such local events as the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Film Festival and New York Comic-Con, as well as traveling across North America to attend such festivals as the Sundance Film Festival, SXSW and the Toronto International Film Festival. She has been a member of the Women Film Critics Circle since 2012, and the New York Film Critics Online since 2019.


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