New York Theater Guide Rumors

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Ashley Park in KPOP
Is KPOP eyeing a Broadway premiere?

The Lucille Lortel Award-winning musical KPOP might well be heading to the Great White Way, following reports of open casting calls in New York City on November 16 and 17. Ars Nova's immersive musical, which features a book by Jason Kim, with music and lyrics by Helen Park and Max Vernon, takes the form of a backstage tour through a Korean pop music factory and it was extremely well-received during its Off-Broadway run at A.R.T./New York Theaters. The original cast also featured Mean Girls star Ashley Park and Be More Chill standout Jason Tam. Stay tuned for further details on a future main-stem staging.

Havana Music Hall
Is Havana Music Hall Broadway-bound?

Industry presentations of the new musical Havana Music Hall are being held in New York City on November 14 and November 15, 2019. Could the tuner, which features a score by Richard Kagan and a book by Carmen Pelaez be headed for the Great White Way? Inspired by Kagan's trip to Cuba, Havana Music Hall is set in 1958 and follows the husband and wife team of Rolando and Ramona Calderon at the Havana Music Hall, when the Cuban Revolution tears their world apart. The musical "captures the pain and joy of the Cuban experience like nothing before." 


Reefer Madness
Is Reefer Madness The Musical heading to Broadway?

On July 11 and July 12 workshop presentations are being held in New York City for Reefer Madness The Musical, inspired by the original 1936 film of the same name. The tuner, billed as "a raucous musical comedy that takes a satirical look at the hilarity caused when clean-cut kids fall prey to marijuana," features a book by Kevin Murphy and Dan Studney, music by Studney, and lyrics by Murphy. The workshop cast includes Tony Award nominee Ethan Slater and Tony Award winner Lena Hall among others, under the direction of Stephen Brackett and choreographed by Spencer Liff.

Behind the Candelabra
Is a Behind the Candelabra musical adaptation in development for Broadway?

It has been reported that producer David Permut has successfully acquired the rights to the HBO film "Behind the Candelabra," and is eyeing a Broadway premiere. The movie starred Michael Douglas in a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning performance as world-famous pianist Liberace and Matt Damon as his lover Scott Thorson. In addition, Permut is said to be pursuing Bradley Cooper to lead the cast as Liberace and also interested in the project is Come From Away's Tony Award-winning director Christopher Ashley, who is also Artistic Director of La Jolla Playhouse, where the tuner could possibly stage its world premiere.

Neil Diamond
Will a Neil Diamond bio-musical land on Broadway?

A new bio-musical telling the life story of legendary singer-songwriter Neil Diamond is currently in development for the Great White Way. Featuring a book by three-time Oscar nominee Anthony McCarten (who also wrote the screenplay for the "Bohemian Rhapsody" biopic), the musical will be directed by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer and will explore how a poor, Jewish kid from Brooklyn became one of the most universally adored showmen of all time. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's back catelogue includes such beloved hits as "Sweet Caroline," "Cracklin' Rosie," "Song Sung Blue," "If You Know What I Mean," and many more. Casting and a timeline for the production is yet to be announced.

Patti LuPone in Company
Will the London revival of Company bow on Broadway in spring 2020?

It has been reported that the producers of London's Olivier Award-winning revival of Stephen Sondheim musical Company, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Marianne Elliott and featuring a gender-switched leading role, are in negotiations with the Shubert Organization to transfer the production to one of their Broadway theatres and begin performances in March 2020. Producers are also hoping that Broadway icon Patti LuPone will reprise her Olivier Award-winning performance as Joanne on the Great White Way. 

Aaron Taylor-Johnson as John Lennon in the film "Nowhere Boy"
Will a stage adaptation of John Lennon biopic Nowhere Boy land on Broadway?

Producers Robyn Goodman and Josh Fiedler have announced that a stage adaptation of the 2009 film "Nowhere Boy" is in the early stages of development and will reportedly take the form of a play with music, featuring John Lennon's songs of the 1950s before he went on to conquer the world with The Beatles. The film, which starred Aaron Taylor-Johnson as John Lennon, centers on two women who had a tremendous influence on his life: his mother, Julia (played by Anne-Marie Duff) and aunt Mimi Smith (played by Kristin Scott Thomas). A timeline for the production is yet to be confirmed.

Julia Roberts & Jacob Tremblay in the 2017 film "Wonder"
Is Wonder getting the Broadway treatment?

According to Deadline, a musical adaptation of R.J. Palacio's bestselling novel Wonder (which has already been adapted into a 2017 film by Lionsgate) is in development. Tony Award-winning producer Jill Furman is behind the project, partnering with Palacio and Lionsgate, with further creative team members to be announced. The film, which stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson as the parents of a young boy named Auggie Pullman, who was born with facial deformities, charts the trials and tribulations of transitioning into a mainstream school. The screenplay was written by Steven Conrad and the Tony Award-winning scribe behind Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Jack Thorne.

Is a TLC bio-musical in the works for Broadway?

According to a recent interview with surviving members of the R&B group TLC, Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas and Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, the duo are currently developing a TLC bio-musical for Broadway, which will feature new music, as well as the group's greatest hits such as "No Scrubs," "Waterfalls," "Unpretty," and "Creep." Along with Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, who tragically passed away in 2002, TLC rose to fame in the 1990s, becoming the best-selling American girl group of all-time. TLC also won 5 Grammy Awards, including two in the category of "Best R&B Album" for CrazySexyCool in 1996 and for FanMail in 2000. Stay tuned for further details on this exciting, new project.

Is new musical Mandela heading to Broadway?

Private industry readings of the new musical Mandela, exploring the epic story of Nelson Mandela’s political struggle to lead South Africa out of Apartheid into democracy and freedom, are being held on March 14 and March 15, 2019. Is Broadway next? Mandela features music and lyrics by Greg Dean Borowsky & Shaun Borowsky and a book by Laiona Michelle, and is produced in partnership with the Mandela family itself. Broadway favorite Quentin Earl Darrington has been cast as Nelson Mandela for the readings, so stay tuned for future Broadway casting announcements!