The triumphant story that inspired a generation is being developed into a stage musical. Based on the smash hit Columbia Pictures motion picture, a new musical of The Karate Kid features a book by the film’s screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen, music and lyrics by Drew Gasparini, direction by Japanese director Amon Miyamoto, choreography by MTV VMA nominees Keone and Mari Madrid, and set design by Tony and two-time Emmy Award winner Derek McLane.
When The Karate Kid hit cineplexes in 1984, it became an instant cultural phenomenon earning rave reviews and racking up nearly $100 million at the box office. Featuring now-iconic performances by Ralph Macchio, Noriyuki “Pat” Morita, and Elisabeth Shue, that original film spawned a media franchise that includes a total of five films, an animated television series; and YouTube Premium’s “Cobra Kai,” which is currently in production on its third season. It’s also widely credited with popularizing karate in the United States.