New York Theater Guide Rumors

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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.

TLC
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.

Mandela
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!

Nashville
Is a musical adaptation of Nashville heading to Broadway?

According to Lionsgate and lead producer Scott Delman, an original Broadway musical based on ABC's hit TV series "Nashville" is in the works. Delman has commented that the Broadway adaptation would be "an original story with entirely original music, written by major Nashville and Broadway songwriters" bringing a contemporary country music score to the Great White Way. The TV series ran for six seasons from 2012 to 2018 (with the final two seasons airing on CMT), featuring such Broadway stars as Laura Benanti, Will Chase and Kyle Dean Massey and depicting the lives of country music superstars and newcomers to Nashville's vibrant music scene. Stay tuned for further details on this musical project in development.

Harry Belafonte
Is a Harry Belafonte bio-musical Broadway-bound?

Producer Ken Davenport has confirmed he has acquired the Broadway stage rights for a musical about the life of celebrated American singer, songwriter, actor and activist, Harry Belafonte. Although there is no timeline, casting or creative team information for the yet-to-be named musical, Davenport is reportedly eyeing a Broadway bow for the production. Known by most as the "King of Calypso," Belafonte is a 3-time Grammy Award winner and one of the most successful Jamaican-American musicians of all time, with hits such as “The Banana Boat Song,” “Matilda,” and “Jump in the Line” in his back catelogue. He is also a Tony Award-winning actor, an Emmy and Academy Award recipient, and a formidable Civil Rights and political activist, who has worked as an advisor to the likes of President John F. Kennedy, Eleanor Roosevelt and Dr. Martin Luther King, among others.

Mystic Pizza
Could we see a Mystic Pizza musical on Broadway?

2-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge is reportedly penning an original score for a musical stage adaptation of the 1988 Julia Roberts-led MGM film "Mystic Pizza." The tuner is said to be in development with Gordon Greenberg and Sas Goldberg writing the book and Mr. Greenberg also serving as director. The movie, which also starred Annabeth Gish, Lili Taylor and Matt Damon, followed the lives of three young waitresses at a pizza parlor in Mystic, Connecticut, where they struggle to defy the restrictions of class segragation and refuse to be defined by the men who pursue them. This would mark Etheridge's debut as a Broadway composer, however, she did previously make her Broadway debut, starring as St. Jimmy in Green Day's American Idiot in February 2011. Casting and a production timeline for the musical is yet to be announced.

Tony Hawk
Tony Hawk to produce and add skateboard choreography to musical adaptation of SLAM?

Skateboarding icon Tony Hawk has his eyes set on the Great White Way. A musical adaptation of the 2007 Nick Hornby novel SLAM is in development and hoping to bow on Broadway during the 2020-2021 season. Hawk, alongside Anita Greenspan, is set to produce the musical and develop skate choreography for the stage. Tony Award nominee Kyle Jarrow and Mark Mothersbaugh have also been enlisted to write the book and score, respectively. SLAM follows is a coming-of-age tale about a troubled 17-year-old named Sam, who finds refuge, hope and escapism in the world of skateboarding and imagined conversations with his idol, Tony Hawk.

The Notebook
Will a musical adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' The Notebook bow on Broadway?

Bekah Brunstetter and Ingrid Michaelson have announced they are collaborating on a musical adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' best-selling 1996 novel The Notebook and eyeing a Broadway bow. The Notebook is a love story regaled by an elderly man at a nursing home about falling in love in the 1940s, with the couple (immortalised in the 2004 film adaptation by Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams) sharing an extraordinary romance and a life together until a tragic diagnosis of Alzheimer's. The Broadway musical will be produced by Kevin McCollum and Kurt Deutsch in association with Mr Sparks himself.

When We Were Kings
Is a musical version of the Muhammad Ali/George Forman film "When We Were Kings" Broadway-bound?

According to producer David Sonenberg, a musical adaptation of his Oscar-winning 1996 film "When We Were Kings" is actively in development and could land on Broadway as early as 2020. The musical is said to feature a book by Shelley Marcus and the score will feature R&B classics from the 1974 Zaire music festival, as well as The Fugee's hit “Rumble In The Jungle”. "When We Were Kings" centers on one of the most infamous boxing matches in history, as Mohammed Ali took on George Foreman in Zaire, Africa, in 1974. "The details of Ali’s life are as relevant today as they were 45 years ago," commented Sonenberg. "Ali’s story, as depicted in ‘When We Were Kings’ fuses sports, music, dance, politics, race and culture in a way that should be compelling to a broad global audience."