We already covered one excellent play set behind the scenes of Jaws.  The Shark Is Broken was a smash hit at the Edinburgh Fringe last year and we reviewed it here at The Last Movie Outpost.

Now, just when you thought it was safe to go back in the theatre, comes news that New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse has something in the pipeline for next summer.

Next summer they will be home to Bruce, which is centered on the problem-plagued production of Steven Spielberg’s 1975 classic movie Jaws.

It will be based on screenwriter Carl Gottlieb’s 1975 tell-all diary The Jaws Log. This excellent book is the behind the scenes bible of the movie.
Choreography will be by Donna Feore, while Bandstand duo Richard Oberacker and Robert Taylor will provide the “book“ which I gather is a theatre term for script, lyrics and music? I don’t know! I am not an expert in the ways of musical theatre.

The official blurb says:

“Chronicling the making of an iconic movie, Bruce tells the story of then unknown director Steven Spielberg’s beleaguered film set and the challenges that thwarted his team at every turn, including the film’s star: an uncooperative mechanical shark named Bruce. At its heart, the show proves that when we are faced with hardship and work together as a team, great things can happen.”

Bruce is set to debut June 9th – July 4th 2021.

We still await the full-on musical version of Jaws. The mind boggles at some of the potential song titles there!

The mournful refrain of Chrissie Where Are You?  The soaring My Wife’s Holiday Roast. Being led into the interval by the A Tiger Shark / A Whaa? Interlude.

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