Yes I Can, a new musical inspired by the life and times of renowned entertainer Sammy Davis Jr., is reportedly in the works from producers Arlie Cone and Steven Hayes, with a possible Broadway run on the horizon. Sam Scalamoni, of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast on Broadway, is set to direct.
Just last month, it was reported that Byron Allen had purchased the rights to Davis’ life through his Entertainment Studios, with the intent on creating both a stage play and biopic. While we wait to hear on the status of that project, Yes I Can moves forward with a five-week workshop scheduled to take place in New York this spring.
Yes I Can is also said to be simply inspired by Davis’ life, and is intended as a musical fable featuring a charismatic, triple-threat song-and-dance man, in the same way that Dreamgirls featured a Supremes-like Motown girl group.
The show, which will feature music by Tony Award-winner Charles Strouse, is only the latest in a string of Davis-themed musicals, including the Old Globe Theatre’s 2009 production of Sammy, and Eric Jordan Young’s 2006 production, Sammy & Me.