August Rush hits Chicago

In April, the Paramount Theatre in Aurora will stage its first pre-Broadway tryout: “August Rush," a new musical by Mark Mancina and Glen Berger, based on the Keri Russell movie about an 11-year-old prodigy, an orphan boy who hears music inside his head and then uses his special powers to try to find his way to his parents.

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Coming Soon: Tessa Thompson and Nnamdi Asomugha Sign on for Love Drama, Sylvie

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The film, which is being written and directed by Eugene Ashe, is set in the ’50s and ’60s and follows aspiring saxophonist Robert (Asomugha) as he takes a job at a record store and has a love-filled summer with the daughter of the shop’s owner, Sylvie (Thompson). However, after the summer ends, the two go separate ways only to reconnect years later and discover they both still hold feelings for each other.

Leaving Las Vegas‘ Declan Quinn is currently attached as the cinematographer for the project, which is set to begin production in Los Angeles next week, and the film is being produced by Asomugha through his banner iAm21 Entertainment alongside Jonathan Baker, Gabrielle Glore and Matthew Thurm, while Thompson will executive produce the drama.

Asomugha has dabbled in acting for over a decade now, trying it out before retiring from the NFL, and found his breakout role in the 2017 drama biopic Crown Heights, which debuted to generally favorable reviews at Sundance Film Festival in 2017.
— Coming Soon

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Tessa Thompson and Nnamdi Asomugha to Star in ‘Sylvie’

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Tessa Thompson and Nnamdi Asomugha are set to star in the feature film “Sylvie.”

Eugene Ashe has written the screenplay and will direct with production currently underway.

The film is described as a love story set in the cool jazz era of New York City in the late 1950’s/early 1960’s. Sylvie (played by Thompson) meets aspiring saxophonist Robert (played by Asomugha) when he takes a job at her father’s record store in Harlem. After a summer romance comes to an end, the two fatefully reconnect several years later and find that their feelings for each other have never disappeared.

Asomugha will produce through his iAm21 Entertainment banner alongside Jonathan Baker (“The Banker”), Gabrielle Glore (“Dirty Laundry”), and Matthew Thurm (“Crown Heights”). Thompson will executive produce.
— Variety

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The Hollywood Reporter: Tessa Thompson, Nnamdi Asomugha to Star in Period Drama 'Sylvie'

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Thompson will executive produce the period drama, while Asomugha will produce through his iAm21 Entertainment banner.
Tessa Thompson and Nnamdi Asomugha are set to star in and produce jazz era love story, Sylvie.

Set in ‘50s and ‘60s New York City, the story follows Sylvie (Thompson) as she meets aspiring saxophonist Robert (Asomugha) when he takes a job at her father’s record store in Harlem. After a summer romance that comes to an end, the two fatefully reconnect several years later and find that their feelings for each other have never disappeared.

Eugene Ashe will direct from his own script. Cinematographer Declan Quinn (Rachel Getting Married, Leaving Las Vegas) has signed on to shoot the film.

Thompson will executive produce the period drama, while Asomugha will produce through his iAm21 Entertainment banner alongside Jonathan Baker (The Banker), Gabrielle Glore (Dirty Laundry) and Matthew Thurm (Crown Heights).
— The Hollywood Reporter

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Deadline: Tessa Thompson, Nnamdi Asomugha To Produce & Star In Jazz Era Film ‘Sylvie’

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It follows Sylvie (Thompson) who meets aspiring saxophonist Robert (Asomugha) when he takes a job at her father’s record store in Harlem. After a summer romance that comes to an end, the two fatefully reconnect several years later and find that their feelings for each other have never disappeared.

Asomugha, who produced and starred opposite Lakeith Stanfield in the Sundance award-winning Amazon Studios film Crown Heights, is producing the project via his iAm21 Entertainment label along with Jonathan Baker, Gabrielle Glore, and Matthew Thurm.
— Deadline Hollywood

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The Latest: Tessa Thompson, Nnamdi Asomugha To Produce & Star In Jazz Era Film ‘Sylvie’

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Tessa Thompson and Nnamdi Asomugha are set to star in Sylvie , a period romance film, which they are also producers on. The pic, set in the cool jazz era of New York City in the late 1950’s/early 1960’s, is currently in production with Eugene Ashe (Homecoming) directing from a screenplay that he wrote.
— The Latest

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