$35 Million Musical Plans to Launch in Vegas

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michael_jacksonProducers of the new musical, The Man, which chronicles the rise and fall of a fictional music superstar, are setting things in motion. The musical, which has an estimated budget of $35 million will likely hit Las Vegas before heading to Broadway.

Producer Mark Lamica is working to compile a score made up of original songs by well-known artists he has worked with through the years.

Variety reports, that a team of music producers, who happened to help manage Michael Jackson’s career, are pitching the idea with a projected Las Vegas release date in the fall or spring of 2014. The show would play one of the big casinos in Vegas for six months to a year before a second production would go on tour. If everything works out, Broadway would be next.

The Man is a behind the scenes account of a mega-music star, much in the vein of Michael Jackson, Elvis or Whitney Houston. “We want this project to be a compelling, gritty, entertaining tale, that tells the story of the price of fame in a new way,” said Lamica, in a statement.

Casting and a detailed production plan remain to be set.