Lewis let the news slip to the The Wall Street Journal while celebrating his 86th birthday on Friday night (16Mar12).
The comedian has confirmed Michael Andrew will lead the cast, while Kathleen Marshall will choreograph the production.
The stage adaptation of the 1963 comedy was originally scheduled to debut during the 2010/2011 season.
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Hitmakers Rupert Holmes and Marvin Hamlisch have teamed up to create the score for the stageshow, which is scheduled to debut in 2010.
Lewis starred as The Nutty Professor in 1963. He also co-wrote the screenplay for the comedy.
He says, "This is a hilarious and glorious adaptation."
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Jason Schwartzman's portrayal of Max Fischer in cult movie RUSHMORE has topped a new poll to find the greatest film nerd.
Fischer beat Anthony Michael Hall's FARMER TED in 1984's Sixteen Candles and Jerry Lewis' turn as JULIUS KELP in The Nutty Professor to claim the top spot on the Premiere magazine 10 Best Movie Nerds list.
The top 10 is:
1. MAX FISCHER (JASON SCHWARTZMAN) in RUSHMORE
2. FARMER TED (ANTHONY MICHAEL HALL) in SIXTEEN CANDLES
3. JULIUS KELP (JERRY LEWIS) in THE NUTTY PROFESSOR
4. DAWN WIENER (Heather Matarazzo) in Welcome to the Dollhouse
5. Napoleon Dynamite (Jon Heder) in NAPOLEON DYNAMITE.
LATEST: Comedian Jerry Lewis has been released from hospital after his heart attack scare earlier this month (11JUN06) and is now recovering on his yacht in a San Diego, California harbour. The beloved funnyman spent a week undergoing tests and treatment for a minor heart attack and a case of pneumonia. And his spokeswoman CANDI CAZAU insists the 80-year-old star is already up and about, making plans for his annual Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon, which he hosts every year. Lewis fell ill onboard a flight from New York to San Diego and was taken to hospital, where his heart problem was diagnosed. The comedian underwent angioplasty after it was discovered he had a clogged artery. Although Lewis insists he'll be fit and well for the MDA telethon in September (06), he has cancelled a four-night stint at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Lewis is also pressing on with plans to turn his hit comedy The Nutty Professor into a new stage musical, according to Cazau.
LATEST: Beloved US funnyman Jerry Lewis is to undergo heart surgery in an effort to re-open the same arteries involved in his double bypass two decades ago. The 80-year-old comedian suffered a heart attack last weekend (11JUN06) and is recovering in a San Diego, California hospital. But, despite the surgery he faces, Lewis is said to be in terrific spirits, and he's already conducting business from his hospital bed. Lewis' manager reveals the funnyman's pet Chihuahuas Rocky and PAULIE are with him in hospital and the comic has been boosted by get well wishes from fans and friends like Larry King and DEANA MARTIN, the daughter of Lewis' late partner Dean Martin. Plans to turn his hit movie The Nutty Professor into a new stage musical are still going ahead, and the comic insists he'll be well enough to host his yearly Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon at the end of the summer (06).
Veteran comedian Jerry Lewis is directing a new musical based on this 1963 film The Nutty Professor. The 80-year-old will not perform in the show, but will produce and direct the play, which he plans to bring to Broadway, New York in 2008. The star directed, wrote and starred in the original Nutty Professor film and plans to stick closely to the script. He explains, "You can't reinvent the character. The dual role of JEKYLL and HYDE made the film. If you're looking to make it different, you'll ruin it." Lewis has cast unknown actor Michael Andrews in the lead role, after seeing him perform at a private function.
Eddie Murphy is enduring hours of special effects make-up to play a feuding husband and wife in his new film NORBIT. The actor is used to playing several characters simultaneously - he played eight roles in The Nutty Professor films. Co-star Terry Crews tells MTV, "It's insane. Eddie's playing a guy that's married to the worst woman in the world. "And he's playing the guy and the girl, which is insane." Murphy portrays sheepish husband Norbit, as well as his overbearing wife, who is infuriated by her husband's attraction to a sexy character played by Thandie Newton. He adds, "I don't think anyone's prepared for what they're about to see. RICK BAKER, a six-time Academy Award winner, is doing all his makeup. "I play (Norbert's wife's brother), and we are the worst family in the world. We don't cut Eddie any slack. It's just a vicious, vicious movie in the way we treat this guy."
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