The musical will appear at the Longacre Theatre on West 48th St. American Idol alum Clay Aiken has already been cast to play Garth, Wayne’s bespectacled sidekick, played by Dana Carvey on “Saturday Night Live” and the two “Wayne’s World” films. Denzel Washington has been cast as famous record producer Frankie “Mr. Big” Sharp.
The role of Wayne, created by Shrek himself, Mike Myers, has not yet been filled at press time, but a spokesman for Michaels confirmed that the three candidates currently being considered for the role are Tony-Award nominated actor Jeremy Jordan, Nathan Lane and Nigel Lindsay.
Stephen Daldry has been hired to direct, and Bill T. Jones has been hired as choreographer of the show. Actress Kelli Rabke has been cast as Wayne’s hot, guitar-playing love interest, Cassandra. Rob Lowe will reprise his role as the villainous TV producer Benjamin Kane. It will be Lowe’s first stage role on Broadway.
Lorne Michaels’ spokesman said that he had been looking to bring this story to the stage for some time now, but didn’t feel he could give the show his full attention until the NBC TV show “30 Rock” went off the air. Now that the Tina Fey vehicle has ended production, Michaels “finally feels worthy of the process of staging a Broadway show.”
Michaels had attempted to do a Broadway musical before using “Saturday Night Live” characters, and even had a full script written and “four or five numbers” ready to go for a musical featuring the characters Hanz and Franz. But various “Broadway politics and egos” prevented the show from coming to life. “And that always weighed on Mr. Michaels,” the spokesman said. “That’s why he hasn’t tried again until now.”