By Carey Purcell
25 Jul 2013
The musical debuted at the Pasadena Playhouse May 24-June 23, with Tim Martin Gleason (The Phantom of the Opera), Chandra Lee Schwartz (Wicked) and Joe West (A Christmas Story) in the starring roles. Sheldon Epps, artistic director of the Pasadena Playhouse, confirmed to the Los Angeles paper that conversations about a London production in 2014 are in the works.
The Nora Ephron movie about cross-country lovers who are destined to meet starred Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. The musical adaptation features a script by Jeff Arch, who co-wrote the original screenplay with Ephron and David S. Ward, and a score by Ben Toth and Sam Forman.
According to Playhouse notes, "Sleepless in Seattle — The Musical centers around Sam, a widower and single father. When Sam's son, Jonah calls into a talk radio program looking for a new mother, Sam ends up getting on the phone and laments about his lost love. Thousands of miles away in Baltimore, Annie hears the program and immediately falls in love with Sam, despite the fact that she has never met him and that she is engaged to another man. Believing they are meant to be together, Annie sets out for Seattle to meet Sam, who, meanwhile, contends with an onslaught of letters from available women equally touched by his phone call."
The show has undergone some changes throughout its creation. Its original music team was replaced after producers were unsatisfied with the score. Lonny Price was announced to direct the musical, but he left the production, with Epps taking over.
The American Film Institute (AFI) lists "Sleepless in Seattle" among the Top 10 Best Romantic Comedies of all time. The film grossed over $227 million worldwide. It was nominated for two Academy Awards, two BAFTA Awards and three Golden Globe Awards.