Garry Marshall’s 1984 film The Flamingo Kid is getting the Broadway treatment. The Matt Dillon-starring coming-of-age film set at a swanky beach club on Long Island in the early ’60s is being developed as a musical with book and lyrics from Tony winner Robert L. Freedman (A Gentlemen’s Guide To Love And Murder) and music by Scott Frankel.
Marshall directed and co-wrote the 20th Century Fox pic with Neal Marshall, based on the latter’s original spec. The news of the musical comes after Garry Marshall, the legendary TV creator and writer-director, died July 19 at age 81. Flamingo Kid is one of his 18 feature films.
In the film, Dillon played an 18-year-old Brooklynite who leaves his humble roos behind in favor of the sexy and alluring world of The El Flamingo – a private beach club for well-to-do Long Islanders. Torn between his father’s blue-collar values and those of his new, cocky mentor, Phil Brody, he finds consolation in Brody’s niece, Carla, a girl with radical ideas of her own. He soon learns that there’s no shortcut to lasting success, and there’s no substitute for family.
Bob Israel and Larry Hirschhorn are producing the musical, which is looking at a spring 2018 landing on Broadway.They said the musical’s score will feature everything from from Do-Wop and R&B to the Cha Cha and the Watusi.
No casting was announced today.