Thursday, January 20, 2005

From Variety:

Wilson drawn back to 'Bright Lights'

Deutsch looking to shop CD as a feature

By ROBERT HOFLER

Patrick Wilson, now onscreen in "Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the
Opera," returns to "Bright Lights, Big City" by Paul Scott Goodman, his New
York legit debut. The actor heads the show's cast album, which will be
released in April on the Sh-K-Boom label.

Now that Wilson has segued from the stage to TV and film, Sh-K-Boom's Kurt
Deutsch is looking to shop the "Bright Lights" CD as a featurefeature film.

Starting in March, his next movie assignment is opposite Robert De
NiroRobert De Niro and Matt Damon in Universal's "Good Shepherd," which De
Niro directs.

Reps for Wilson confirmed the actor was attached to the cast album, which
also features Jesse L. Martin and Sherie Rene Scott, and was recorded last
year.

Based on Jay McInerney's 1985 novel of 1980s decadence in Gotham, the "BLBC"
musical had its world premiere at New York Theater Workshop in 1998. Wilson
played Jamie, the role essayed by Michael J. Fox in the 1988 film. Neither
film nor musical was embraced by the critics.

Undeterred, Deutsch calls the 2005 recording a "completely new version" of
the musical, which has been radically reshaped: Among other adjustments,
Goodman has dropped the narrator and added several songs.

As for the work's future incarnations, Deutsch feels the 1980s are back.
"Decadence, drugs, fashion and excess -- that time period is in right now,"
he said.

After NYTW's original staging of "Bright Lights, Big City," Wilson appeared
on Broadway in "The Full Monty""The Full Monty" and the 2002 revival of
"Oklahoma!" From there he went into HBO's "Angels in America," "The Alamo,"
"Phantom" and "Hard Candy"; latter pic unspools at Sundance.

Martin also has developed a TV-movie pedigree. The "Law & Order" thesp
reprises his first Broadway musical assignment in the upcoming film version
of "Rent."

Scott opens in Broadway's "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" in March.