The Karate Kid is in Development

The Karate Kid Summary

  • Show Status: In Development
  • Genre: Musical
  • The Karate Kid is 125 Minutes long, including an intermission of 15 Minutes
  • 8 Shows per week
  • Show Closes: Open ended

Based on the 1984 film, Daniel moves into a new city and finds himself the target of a group of bullies. He must master the art pf Karate to survive.

The Karate Kid on Broadway Background

The Broadway-aimed stage musical adaptation of The Karate Kid began its world premiere engagement at "Stages" St. Louis May 25, 2022 with opening night on June 1, 2022.

STAGES is at the St. Louis Kirkwood Performing Arts Center and is located just outside of St. Louis.

Based on the 1984 film of the same name, the show features a book by Robert Mark Kamen (who wrote the original film's screenplay) and a musical score by Drew Gasparini.

What’s The Karate Kid Like?

Daniel moves to Southern California with his mother, Lucille but quickly finds himself the target of a group of bullies who study karate at the Cobra Kai dojo.

Fortunately, Daniel befriends Mr. Miyagi, an unassuming repairman who also just happens to be a martial arts master himself. Miyagi takes Daniel under his wing, training him in a more compassionate form of karate and preparing him to compete against the brutal Cobra Kai.

Plot Follows Original 1984 Movie

Though the plot closely follows that of the original film and the story is still set in the 1980s, the musical’s cast and creative team of more than 40 artists is markedly more diverse.

Is The Karate Kid Good for Kids?

Although the show has some fighting and some rich language, it is suitable for children over the age of fourteen.

Cast Members

Mr. Miyagi
Jovanni Sy
Daniel LaRusso
John Cardoza
Lucille LaRusso
Kate Baldwin
John Kreese
Alan H. Green
Johnny Lawrence
Jake Bentley Young
Ali Mills
Jetta Juriansz
Freddie Fernandez
Luis Pablo Garcia


Naoya Kinoshita

Kumiko Yoshii

Michael Wolk

Production Credits

Amon Miyamoto
Keone Madrid
Mari Madrid
Scenic Designer
Derek McLane
Costume Designer
Ayako Maeda
John Clancy
Music Director
Andrew Resnick

Creative Team

Robert Mark Kamen
Musical Score
Drew Gasparini.