Sunday, May 19, 2024

“The Flash” Is Coming to Broadway: TV Star Grant Gustin Will Headline “Water for Elephants” Musical Based on Book and Film


What do you for an encore after 9 seasons of playing a superhero? Why, you star in a new Broadway musical!

Grant Gustin, known as The Flash to his CW network fans, will headline “Water for Elephants,” a new musical based on the film with Robert Pattinson. The show opens next spring.

Gustin isn’t really known for singing, just rushing around to break the speed limit. But his bio says he did a season of “Glee” on TV and was in a lot of high school musicals.

Luckily, he’s got a strong veteran Broadway cast behind him including Greg Edelman, Paul Alexander Nolan, and Isabella McCalla. Gustin will play Jacob, who jumps on a train and joins the circus. “Water for Elephants” was a novel before it became a movie that wasn’t so well received. But Rick Elice wrote the book, music is by Pigpen Theater Company, and director Jessica Stone is coming off “Kimberly Akimbo.”

No word on who will play the elephant, who is said to be on Ozempic so he’s nice and svelte.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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