I know where you’re coming from. You’ve indulged in all the Karate Kid movies (including the remake that should have been called The Kung Fu Kid), and you’ve also taken a liking to the YouTube Premium series Cobra Kai. And yet, you still can’t seem to fill a certain void. A void that somehow merges the world of The Karate Kid with your love of musical theater. The struggle is real, and it’s one that we deal with on a daily basis. But a cure is on the way.
According to The L.A. Times, Broadway is about to get a bit more physical with a Karate Kid musical. Robert Mark Kamen — writer of the first two films — has apparently already written the book for the musical, so it’s already well underway. The story will reportedly follow the tried-and-true narrative of the original Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita-starring film.
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“I never dreamed that this movie would have the life it’s had,” Kamen told the outlet. “When I first wrote this, I thought it was just gonna be a nice little movie that might do $30 million at the box office and then leave. Then the first film came out and it became a phenomenon, and then the sequel came out and did more than the first movie did, I couldn’t believe it. Even now, whenever I hear parents or grandparents are watching it with their young kids, it’s very heartwarming.”
Directing the musical will be Amon Miyamoto, who was the first Japanese Broadway director back in 2004. Music and lyrics will come from Drew Gasparini and choreography from Keone and Mari Madrid. Set design will come from Derek McLane.
“I was inspired to do a stage adaptation of ‘The Karate Kid’ because it tells a story we need in this ongoing ‘Age of Division’ as our society becomes increasingly globalized,” said Miyamoto in a statement. “The sweet contradiction of ‘The Karate Kid’ is that the real nature of karate is, as the show says, ‘not for attack.’ Not to hurt, not to win, but to let opposing energies play out and come in grace to a conclusion that allows dignity and respect for all.”
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SOURCE: The L.A. Times