The 1963 comedy, "The Nutty Professor," which was remade in 1996 with Eddie Murphy as the lead character, will hit the New York stage in October 2008 as it's turned into a Broadway musical.
The show will be directed by legendary funnyman and star of the original movie, Jerry Lewis.
At the Las Vegas launch, Lewis said, "I had an awful lot of inquiries about it for years, but I never really bothered to pay much attention to it."
Lewis claims it was while watching musician Michael Andrew perform on stage that he decided he had found his lead actor and would go ahead with the production.
Lewis revealed, "I saw this kid perform, and he wanted very much to do that, and he had money. I said, 'With those pockets, we'll give it a shot'."
Andrew, a largely unknown singer and comedian, will now be the third person to play geeky scientist Julius Kelp, who invents a potion that transforms him into the ladies man, Buddy Love.
The 41-year-old performer, Andrew, "I saw the movie when I was just eight, and it pretty much formed what I wanted to do for the rest of my life."