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'Bull Durham' musical to debut in Atlanta

The baseball film Bull Durham is hoping to be a hit onstage.

Producers of a new musical version plan to stage their show at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta in September 2014. Academy Award nominee Ron Shelton, who directed and wrote the movie, has adapted his screenplay. Kip Fagan will direct.

Casting and a production schedule will be announced later.

The film starred Kevin Costner as a veteran minor-league catcher who’s assigned to handle the team’s wild new pitcher, “Nuke” LaLoosh, played by Tim Robbins. Susan Sarandon played a longtime fan who becomes romantically involved with both men.

The musical will have choreography by Joshua Bergasse, set design by Derek McLane, costumes by Toni Leslie James, and musical direction by Jason DeBord.

Durham Bulls celebrate 25th anniversary of 'Bull Durham' in awesome(ly bad) ways

To honor Bull Durham, the 1988 film that made both their team and comical minor league baseball ballpark promotions famous, the Durham Bulls are hosting movie-themed activities throughout their 2013 home schedule. Cue the “Bull Durham Racers,” people wearing mascot-size costumes of Nuke, Crash, and Annie, who run across the warning track and then mingle with the crowd for photo ops. Check out a video below.

Trivia contests are also planned, along with videos of current and past players reciting famous lines from the Kevin Costner-Susan Sarandon film. Other tributes include the “Nuke Dog” at concession stands, various giveaway items, and Bull Durham-era throwback jerseys worn by the team at all Saturday home games (which will be auctioned off for charity at season’s end). If you’re a diehard Bull Durham fan with some vacation time, you may want to head to North Carolina on Sunday, June 16, when the players will also wear those throwback jerseys for a “game-long tribute to the film coinciding with the exact weekend it was released a quarter century ago.” Hope you enjoy that, visiting team (Indianapolis Indians)! And you know that bull mascot is goin’ down. READ FULL STORY

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