MUSICALS

'The Nutty Professor' Goes Broadway

Jerry Lewis will make his debut as a theater director with The Nutty Professor, a musical adaptation of the 1963 comedy classic he starred in and co-wrote. The legendary Marvin Hamlisch (best known for his music to A Chorus Line) is composing and the book and lyrics will be by Tony Award winner Rupert Holmes. In the film, a dorky professor named Julius Kelp concocts a potion that transforms him into a babe magnet called Buddy Love. He gets the girl he's dreamed of, but then the potion wears off and, naturally, hilarity ensues. Lewis, who won an Oscar this year for his humanitarian work, has appeared on Broadway before but never as a director.