Ben Silverman's Electus to Bring Asian Series 'The Kitchen Musical' to U.S.

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The musical series set in the restaurant world, which bows in 18 Asian countries this fall, has been compared to 'Glee.'

Ben Silverman’s Electus/Engine Distribution is partnering with Asia’s The Group Entertainment and Small World IFT to produce and distribute The Kitchen Musical in the U.S.

The show – a musical drama set in the restaurant world – has drawn comparisons to Glee. Produced in Singapore by The Group Entertainment, the series is set to bow this fall across 18 Asian countries including Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. It’s headlined by Filipino stars Karylle and Christian Bautista. The Kitchen Musical began as a successful stage play. And the Singapore Repertory Theatre will produce a live stage adaptation as a musical, slated to premiere in Singapore in the third quarter of 2012, before taking the show on tour.

“We’re ecstatic about bringing this fresh new format into the U.S.,” Nelia Sutrisno, CEO of The Group Entertainment, said in a statement.

Already in the pipeline is a local format version in Vietnam by BHD Co., Ltd, which produced the Vietnamese version of Ugly Betty, the Telemundo telenovela that Silverman adapted for the U.S.

The Kitchen Musical is co-produced by The Group Entertainment, Electus/Engine Distribution and Small World Productions with Electus/Engine Distribution owning distribution rights across all platforms including television, motion picture, and digital.

Added Silverman, founder and CEO of Electus: “We are pleased to add this compelling new seriesto our fast-growing slate of high concept, international programming as The Kitchen Musical has universal appeal that will resonate greatly with the global marketplace.”