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Tony winner Michael Arden is attached to direct the musical version of the 1987 vampire story.

Kiefer Sutherland, Brooke McCarter, Alex Winter, and Billy Wirth in The Lost Boys (1987) Courtesy of Warner Bros. Inc

Sleep all day. Party all night. It's fun to be a vampire in The Lost Boys, and soon David's coven will be welcoming new members.

Joel Schumacher's 1987 cult classic The Lost Boys is being developed into a musical for the stage, with a book by David Hornsby and Chris Hoch and music by the band The Rescues. Tony winner Michael Arden (Parade) is attached to direct the project, which centers on the brotherly duo of Michael and Sam after they move to the fictional town of Santa Carla, California, only to fall into a gang of teenage rebel vampires and adolescent vampire hunters.

Tony nominee Ethan Popp will serve as music supervisor, with general management by Bespoke Theatricals for the development process. Produced by James Carpinello, Marcus Chait, and Patrick Wilson—marking the first joint producing collaboration for the three actors—the musical is being developed by special arrangement with Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures.

Using vampirism to explore the physical transformation, sexual awakening, and identity experimentation inherent to a teenager's coming-of-age, The Lost Boys inspired a number of subsequent youth culture vampire projects, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Vampire Diaries, and Twilight

The supernatural horror-comedy film has developed a dedicated fan base in the years since its release, which helped to launch the careers of Kiefer Sutherland, Jason Patric, Corey Feldman, Corey Haim, and more. The original film won the award for Best Horror Film by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, and spawned a franchise that included two sequels and two comic book series.


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