High Fidelity: Will Chase to star as Bob,

Will Chase has been announced to play the role of Rob, the record store owner who knows almost everything about pop music, but almost nothing about how to hang on to a girl, in the new Broadway romantic musical comedy High Fidelity, based on Nick Hornby's best-selling novel (later a popular film by Touchstone Pictures).

Will Chase's was last seen on Broadway when he played 'John Lennon, in the short-run musical 'Lennon'. His other Broadway credits include 'Aida', 'Rent', 'The Full Monty' and 'Miss Saigon'.

Additional High Fidelity cast TBA.

The musical will have a pre-Broadway engagement at the Colonial Theatre in Boston from 26 Sep - 22 Oct 2006 and is expected to open on Broadway in the Fall of 2006, theatre to be named.

With original music by composer Tom Kitt, lyrics by Amanda Green, and book by David Lindsay-Abaire, High Fidelity is a romantic musical comedy that follows the adventures of Rob, a record store owner who knows almost everything about pop music, but almost nothing about how to hang onto a girl. Rob's love life, already a broken record of heartache, falls off the charts completely when he gets dumped by Laura.but that just sets him upp for one of the top 5 romantic comebacks ever.

Songwriters Tom Kitt and Amanda Green were attracted to do a satge adaptation of Nick Hornby's novel because "The wit, humor and humanity of Nick Hornby's characters and story, naturally lends itself to musical treatment. It is a socially acute contemporary love story about people who are obsessed with, and define themselves by pop music and culture. The hero's life is a soundtrack and the big moments are songs."

High Fidelity is choreographed by Christopher Gattelli, and has set design by Anna Louizos, costume design by Theresa Squire, lighting design by Ken Billington and sound design by Acme Sound Partners.

The musical is being produced by Jeffrey Seller, Robyn Goodman and Kevin McCollum, the trio who produced the Broadway musical comedy Avenue Q, winner of the 2004 Tony Award for Best Musical.

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