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Movie musical tunes up as Canadian-Oz co-prod

14 April 2014 4:13 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

A movie based on the Tony-winning Broadway musical The Drowsy Chaperone is being developed as a Canadian-Australian co-production.

Geoffrey Rush, who played the character known as Man in the Chair in the Australian stage production, is set to reprise the role in the film, which will be directed by Fred Schepisi.

A tongue-in-cheek tribute to the golden era of Broadway musicals, Cole Porter and George and Ira Gershwin, the plot sees a musical literally bursting to life in the man.s living room, telling the rambunctious tale of a brazen Broadway starlet trying to find, and keep, her true love.

The lead Canadian producer is Rhombus Media.s Niv Fichman, whose credits include Silk, Enemy, Blindness, The Red Violin and Antiviral.

Aussie producer Antonia Barnard has confirmed her involvement .in the early stages.. Also aboard is producer Raquelle David, who spent six months with Fichman in Toronto last year developing the project, »

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