The New York Times is reporting that Broadway could see a production of the new Alan Menken-Glenn Slater-Janus Cercone musical, Leap of Faith, in fall 2012.
I’ve never seen the film, so I have no idea whether it might make a good musical or not, but the show had a run in September/October last year with Raúl Esparza and Brooke Shields in the starring roles, and directed and choreographed by Rob Ashford. I didn’t really follow the show or look into it much at the time, although I did watch the short video of one of the numbers, “Step into the Light”, that was been released. That song sounds like Menken is in top form to me. I find it far better than any of the songs first released to promote Sister Act – of which I am not the biggest fan – and am hoping it means good things for Leap of Faith on the whole. I hope Slater has upped his game a a bit. I wasn’t overly impressed with some of his work on Sister Act, Love Never Dies was disappointing and his lyrics for The Little Mermaid were similarly uneven.
I know from some stuff I read at the time that the LA show had a mixed reception, but Menken tweeted the other day that the show’s problem’s had been fixed in the recent reading that took place. The article above says that there has been extensive rewriting. Although it seems that Esparza would appear in the show on Broadway, Shields is no longer attached to the project and the role was play by Jessica Phillips in the reading. No word on whether Ashford will be at the helm. So let’s see what happens, shall we?