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'Animal House: The Musical' set for development

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Here’s to hoping a toga-infused food fight breaks out in the mezzanine: Animal House: The Musical is set to be developed by Universal Pictures Stage Productions.

Based on the 1978 comedy classic, the musical will feature a score by Canadian rock band Barenaked Ladies (most notably known for their fast-talking single “One Week” and The Big Bang Theory’s theme song), while Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, The Drowsy Chaperone, Spamalot) will direct and choreograph. Michael Mitnick will write the libretto for the stage production. No word yet on whether War Horse puppeteers will design the steed that dies in the dean’s office.

No dates for the musical have been announced yet.

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