Learn All About The Karate Kid – The Musical From Stars Jovanni Sy, John Cardoza, Kate Baldwin & More | The Broadway Buzz

Jovanni Sy and John Cardoza in “Karate Kid – The Musical”
(Photo: Phillip Hamer Photography)

It’s been over 35 years since audiences first encountered Mr. Miyagi, Daniel LaRusso and many others at the Cobra Kai Dojo in the 1984 film. The Karate Kid. The film was the fourth highest-grossing film of that year and is etched in pop culture history as one of the most beloved films. With four consecutive movies and a successful TV spin-off, there’s little that hasn’t been touched by The Karate Kid. Now the film is getting stage treatment thanks to the world premiere production of The Karate Kid – The Musical. Playing at Stages St. Louis through June 28, The Karate Kid – The Musical contains a book of The Karate Kid screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen and music and lyrics by Drew Gasparini. Acclaimed Japanese director Amon Miyamoto is directing the production. In a new episode of The Broadway Show with Tamsen Fadalgo behind the scenes with the cast and creative team of the new show.

The Broadway-bound musical features Jovanni Sy as Mr. Miyagi, John Cardoza as Daniel LaRusso, Kate Baldwin as Lucille LaRusso, Alan H. Green as John Kreese, Jake Bentley Young as Johnny Lawrence, Jetta Juriansz as Ali Mills and Luis Pablo Garcia like Freddie Fernandez. “I saw [The Karate Kid] when I was 16 in movies, and it was a profound experience,” Sy said. “Two or three weeks before seeing him, I had seen 16 Candles, which has Long Duk Dong and it was my experience of seeing myself in front of the camera all my life. Characters like Long Duk Dong, objects of ridicule, and now here’s this movie, The Karate Kid with Pat Morita as the iconic character of Mr. Miyagi, who has dignity, humor and dimension. It really had a profound effect on me.”

Ensuring the score was authentic was a top priority for composer Gasparini. “We’re doing something that’s never been seen before, especially in terms of a Broadway film adaptation,” he said. “It feels different. It feels different. It feels different. took to Okinawa to study with musicians there just to get the correct authenticity. Anyway, even if you are skeptical, go ahead and I promise you will have a great time and you will will entertain.

For producer Kumiko Yoshi, it was a break that the film’s original screenwriter wrote the musical’s book. “I never thought of it that way and resisted it,” said screenwriter Kamen. “Our producer didn’t give up, and she chased me until she could sit down and talk to me about it. Hesitantly, I said, ‘OK, I don’t see it’ because that I’m not a musical theater Little by little I got sucked into the process and what I discovered was that these characters I created 40 years ago could have a deeper voice , richer and more resonant with music and songs.

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