Lin-Manuel Miranda, Kristin Chenoweth and More Broadway Stars Turn Out For Stephen Karam’s First Movie
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You get four Tony winners for the price of one in “Speech & Debate,” the upcoming movie based on Stephen Karam’s first play. The film is directed by Dan Harris and screening for potential distributors this fall.
Those performers and more were attracted not only by Karam’s ties to the theater world, but also by a storyline that celebrates high school theater-nerds everywhere. The film and the 2007 play that inspired it, which kickstarted Karam’s career and simultaneously launched the emerging-artist incubator Roundabout Underground, follow three misfit high school students who find their voices through the speech and debate team.
“I really do think of it as a love letter to anyone who did speech and debate or did the school play,” Karam, also the film’s screenwriter, said.
Lin-Manuel Miranda shows up in a brief, goofy role — it involves a VHS and harem pants (x)