Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Barenaked Ladies Dropped as Composers of 'Animal House' Broadway Musical

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Barenaked Ladies Dropped as Composers of 'Animal House' Broadway Musical

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'Animal House' musical overhauls book, music

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TORONTO - Barenaked Ladies have been stripped from the upcoming Broadway musical "Animal House."

Executive producer Matty Simmons says the Canadian pop group is no longer crafting tunes for the stage version of the 1978 comedy "National Lampoon's Animal House."

Simmons says from Los Angeles that "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" composer David Yazbek was brought on board "a few months" ago to take over the production's music and lyrics.

He says the previous material "just didn't work" and that a first draft of the show's book, by Michael Mitnick, was also sent back to Mitnick for an overhaul.

The Broadway show is based on the John Belushi comedy about a rowdy frat house of misfits. Simmons expects it to be ready in late 2014.

Meanwhile, the film is celebrating its 35th anniversary with a tribute at Toronto's TIFF Bell Lightbox on July 18.

Simmons, along with director John Landis, Canadian producer Ivan Reitman and cast members Peter Riegert, Stephen Furst and Martha Smith, are among those attending. …

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