Broadway Musical About Steve Jobs, Bill Gates to Open in April

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The musical comedy 'Nerds' includes a book and lyrics by Jordan Allen-Dutton and Erik Weiner of Cartoon Network’s 'Robot Chicken.'

Steve Jobs underperformed on the big screen, but now the late tech titan and fellow mogul Bill Gates will get to test their drawing power at the Broadway box office — in a musical.

Nerds, a musical comedy about the rise of and competition between the tech trailblazers, is set to open on Broadway this spring, producers announced Thursday. The show, directed by Casey Hushion and choreographed by Josh Bergasse, will begin previews March 31 ahead of its April 21 opening at the Longacre Theatre.

Jordan Allen-Dutton and Erik Weiner of Cartoon Network’s Robot Chicken penned the book and lyrics, and Hal Goldberg (The Children) wrote the music.

The announcement also promised "the most progressive technology seen on Broadway," including onstage holograms, projection mapping and in-show app integrations for selecting the show's ending, among other innovations.

"We’re thrilled to add a jolt of comedy to this already astounding theater season, with this hilarious tale of the Founding Fathers of Tech, from a creative team stacked with new voices,” said producer Carl Levin. “While fine-tuning and re-coding the show for this exciting launch, we’ve also been exploring innovative ways to enhance the ‘user experience’ inside the theater, for a uniquely entertaining event — compatible for Broadway audiences of all generations."

Nerds was first presented by the Philadelphia Theatre Company and has since played a limited engagement at North Carolina Theatre. It is being produced on Broadway by Levin (Rock of Ages), Vicki Halmos, Elizabeth Williams (Waiting for Godot, Crazy for You), Greenleaf Productions (Fiddler on the Roof, Matilda) and Clear Channel Entertainment.
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