'The Nutty Professor' To Hit Broadway After A Nashville Run

04/04/2012 05:42 pm ET

Jerry Lewis' 1963 comedy "The Nutty Professor" is making its world premiere as a musical in Nashville in July before making it to Broadway later in the year, reports The New York Times.

"The Nutty Professor" film starred Lewis as Julius F. Kelp, a geeky and goofy professor who invents a potion in his chemistry lab to morph himself into the suave "Buddy Love," so as to impress a girl, naturally. The film was remade in 1996 with Eddie Murphy in the lead role of "Sherman Klump" (marking the seminal first instance of Murphy in a fat suit), but the stage production will tackle the original 1963 story.

News of Lewis returning to Broadway hit three years ago with the announcement of converting the film to a musical, though it took a few years to come to fruition. "The Nutty Professor" is set to run July 24 through August 19 at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center's James K. Polk Theater. The musical will star Michael Andrew as Kelp, feature music by Marvin Hamlisch lyrics by Rupert Holmes.

Watch below for a trailer of the film version of "The Nutty Professor:"

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