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‘The Lost Boys’ musical adaptation is in the works

Tony Award winner Michael Arden has signed on as director of the film-to-stage adaptation.

Michael Arden (Credit: Santiago Felipe/Getty Images)

The 1987 film “The Lost Boys” is currently being adapted for the stage. Veteran actors James Carpinello, Marcus Chait and Tony Award nominee Patrick Wilson have teamed up as producers to develop the stage property.

A cross-genre of comedy and horror, “The Lost Boys” follows teenage brothers Michael and Sam, who move to the fictional California town Santa Carla with their divorced mother; they soon discover that the town is a hotspot for vampiric activity. The film starred Jason Patric and Corey Haim as the brothers with Dianne Wiest as their mother.

Tony winner Michael Arden is set to direct the musical, which will feature a score by the rock band the Rescues. Book writers David Hornsby and Chris Hoch are adapting the story, which was written by James Jeremias and Janice Roberta Fischer for the Warner Brothers motion picture.

Arden won the 2023 Tony Award for his direction of the revival of “Parade.” Prior to that, he was Tony-nominated for directing musical revivals of “Spring Awakening” and “Once on This Island.”

The Rescues is comprised of singer-songwriters Kyler England, “AG” (Adrianne E. Gonzalez) and Gabriel Mann. Their first album, “Crazy Ever After,” was released in 2008; additional albums include 2010’s “Let Loose the Horses,” 2013’s “Blah Blah Love and War” and a self-titled album released in 2017.

Hornsby writes and co-produces FX’s “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”; he also plays the recurring character Matthew “Rickety Cricket” Mara on the series.

Hoch’s résumé includes, most recently, a year on the road playing Steve Healy in the national tour of “Jagged Little Pill.” His Broadway acting credits include “War Paint,” “A Christmas Carol,” “Matilda,” “Shrek” and the original production of “Spamalot.”

Carpinello originated the roles of Stacee Jaxx in “Rock of Ages” and Tony Moreno in “Saturday Night Fever.”

Chait appeared on Broadway in “Urban Cowboy” and “The Pirate Queen.”

Wilson received Tony nominations for performances in “The Full Monty” and “Oklahoma!” He most recently appeared on the Main Stem in a revival of “All My Sons.”

Two-time Tony nominee Ethan Popp, of “Motown” and “Tina,” will serve as music supervisor of “The Lost Boys,” with Bespoke Theatricals as general manager.

“The Lost Boys” is being produced by special arrangement with Warner Brothers Theatre Ventures.