With more than 10 million-plus sales and loyal fans all over the world, Doodle Jump developer Lima Sky is making the next logical leap for the franchise, Broadway. Doodle Jump Live! will make its stage debut in 2014, with an all-star production team lead by Julie Taymor of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark fame. Recent GEICO spokesman and '80s pop icon Eddie Money will provide the score to what producers are calling "the highest musical of all time."
Leading the cast in this sky-scraping adventure is Oklahoma City Thunder forward and Broadway virgin Kevin Durant in the role of the Doodle the Doodler. The production will follow Doodle as he bounces and jumps toward the sky in search of Cloud City and his long-lost high school sweetheart, Princess Doodlette. Along the way he will face danger, enemies and the possibility that Cloud City might not exist at all.
"Every day I am asked why I haven't created a live version of Doodle Jump, since it is such an obvious match for Broadway," said Igor Pusenjak, creator of Doodle Jump and executive producer of Doodle Jump Live! "Despite countless big-money offers, it never felt quite right. But when this creative triumvirate walked into Lima Sky's headquarters, the vision became crystal clear."
The production has found its home at The Gershwin Theater, the long-running home of the Broadway smash Wicked. Accordingly, Wicked will shut down production in late 2013 for Doodle Jump Live!, as three additional stories must be added to the iconic theater to fully realize the production.
For readers uncertain of Durant's ability to equally pull off the musical and physical aspects of production, we have included proof of the athlete's vocal prowess. Obviously the 2014 Tony Awards just got a lot more interesting.