Broadway Rumors

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Jean-Michel Basquiat
Is a new musical based on the life and art of Jean-Michel Basquiat Broadway-bound?

An original musical based on the life and art of Jean-Michel Basquiat is in development and could be greenlit for Broadway, according to producers Alan D. Marks and Barbara Marks, who have secured the rights Jean-Michel’s art work and personal archives and have also enlisted Tony Award winner John Doyle to direct. The musical is said to feature a score by Jon Batiste, who describes the project as "a boundary pushing masterpiece inspired by a true American original". Jean-Michel Basquiat died in August 1988 at the age of 27, following a drug overdose. In his short lifetime, he rose from being a grafitti artist in the Lower East Side of Manhattan to a cultural leader of the neo-expressionist movement.

Green Acres
Is a musical adaptation of the Green Acres TV show Broadway-bound?

New entertainment company Center Stage Capital, Inc. is developing a musical adaptation of the iconic television show "Green Acres" for a potential Broadway bow. Green Acres The Musical is a fast- paced, contemporary story that features the best in comedy, music and dance. This is the spirited musical comedy love story of Oliver and Lisa Douglas. He is a high-powered, Manhattan attorney and she is an aspiring fashion designer and, together, they are living “the good life” in New York City. Faced with the overwhelming pressure to run his family’s law firm and live up to his father’s reputation, Oliver longs for the simple life, but New York and all that it has to offer is Lisa’s perfect world. What happens when two people in love find themselves wanting opposite lives sends us on a journey that is both hilarious and filled with heart. The musical will also feature the legendary "Green Acres" theme song. A timeline for the project is yet to be announced.

Lesli Margherita in Who's Holiday!
Is Who's Holiday! eyeing a Broadway bow?

Following a second victory for playwright Matthew Lombardo in a legal dispute with Dr. Seuss Enterprises L.P., the off-Broadway solo show Who's Holiday! is now eyeing a limited Broadway engagement for the 2018 Holiday season, according to producer Ben Feldman. The play-in-rhyming-couplets follows a middle-aged Cindy Lou Who, now residing in a beaten down trailer in the snowy hills of Mount Crumpit. As she prepares to host a Christmas Eve party for her friends, she recalls the fated night when she first met the Grinch, and the strange turn of events her life has taken for the past 40 years. After the cancellation of the 2016 world premiere at New World Stages, starring Tony Award nominee Jennifer Simard, Who's Holiday! finally debuted at the Westside Theatre in late 2017, with Olivier Award winner Lesli Margherita as Cindy Lou Who.  

Is the David Bowie movie musical Labyrinth getting the Broadway treatment?

According to a Forbes interview with Brian Henson, chairman of the Jim Henson Company and son of Jim Henson, the late director of the much-loved 1986 movie "Labyrinth", a stage musical is currently in development. After discussing a potential movie sequel, Henson commented: "We are working on a theatrical adaptation of the original movie for the stage. Those are the two areas of excitement for the Labyrinth property that we have. We are working on both of those but I certainly don’t have a timeline for them."

On the final destination for the project, Henson added: "Not necessarily Broadway; it could be for London's West End, but it will be a stage show, a big theatrical version. It's very exciting."

Labyrinth famously starred David Bowie as the Goblin King and Jennifer Connelly as Sarah, a teenager who unknowingly summons the goblins to kidnap her baby stepbrother, leading to her fantastical adventure through a treachorous labyrinth in order to rescue him from the Goblin King. The score includes such Bowie hits as "Underground," "Magic Dance," and "As the World Falls Down".

Empire Records
Is a musical adaptation of 90s cult film Empire Records heading to Broadway?

A musical adaptation of 1995's much loved, cult-hit movie "Empire Records" is eyeing a Broadway bow for 2020 in celebration of the film's 25th anniversary. Producer Bill Weiner has acquired the stage rights and has enlisted original screenplay writer Carol Heikkinen to adapt her script into a book for a musical, with Zoe Sarnak providing music and lyrics.

The film, which boasts a cast that inlcudes Liv Tyler and Renée Zellweger, centers on Empire Records, last of the independent small-town record stores, which employs a tight-knit group of music-savvy youths. Hearing that the shop may be sold to a big chain, slacker employee Lucas places a big bet with a chunk of the store’s money, hoping to get a big return and save the store. When the plan fails, Empire Records falls into serious trouble, and the teens must find a way to fend off the encroaching Music Town overlords.

A scene from the 1983 film "National Lampoon's Vacation"
Get ready for a "Vacation" musical comedy?

The Griswolds may well be heading to Broadway on a Vacation that promises to be as hilarious as it is well-choreographed! Producers Ken Davenport and Kurt Deutsch have optioned the musical rights to the hit film franchise "Vacation" by special arrangement with Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures. Under the title of Broadway Vacation, the musical comedy will follow the Griswolds on a musical trip to the Big Apple in a completely original story. Although no timeline has been set for the project, Ken Davenport commented: “Both Kurt and I came of age on the Vacation films series and can’t wait to bring the Griswolds to Broadway. If audiences thought their cinematic misadventures were funny, wait till Clark and his family get to Times Square.”

The popular movie series includes "National Lampoon's Vacation" (1983), "National Lampoon's European Vacation" (1985), "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" (1989), "Vegas Vacation" (1997), and, most recently, "Vacation" (2015).

Joy Mangano
Is a musical based on the life of Joy Mangano Broadway-bound?

Broadway producer Ken Davenport has announced he has successfully aquired the rights to develop a stage musical based on the life of celebrated entrepreneur, inventor and TV icon Joy Mangano. The QVC & HSN (Home Shopping Network) legend has already been the subject of the CBS digital series "Inventing Joy" and the 2015 Hollywood movie "Joy" which earned Jennifer Lawrence a Golden Globe and an Academy Award nomination. Is the Great White Way next?

Ms. Mangano commented: “My life has taken me to many unexpected places - from the back of the auto-body shop where I worked on my first invention, my successes on QVC and HSN and to Hollywood when the film Joy was produced. Being the subject of a Broadway musical is more than a dream come true for me. I’m a local Long Island girl; I just used to dream of coming into town to see a Broadway musical – much less to be the subject of one!”

Heart of Rock & Roll
Huey Lewis and The News musical is in the works

Heart of Rock & Roll - a new jukebox musical inspired by chart-topping songs from Huey Lewis and The News is in development and is said to feature an original story by Tyler Mitchell and Jonathan Abrams. Under the direction of Gordon Greenberg, the musical is likely to feature such 80s and 90s classics as “The Power of Love,” “Stuck with You,” “Hip to Be Square,” and “If This Is It,” among others. Huey Lewis and The News have sold over an estimated 30 million records worldwide and even earned an Academy Award nomination in 1986 for "The Power of Love," which was featured in the film "Back to the Future".

The Secret of My Success
Is The Secret of My Success heading to Broadway?

A musical adaptation of Universal's 1987 movie "The Secret of My Success" is currently in development, featuring a book by Gordon Greenberg and Steve Rosen and original music and lyrics by Michael Mahler and Alan Schmuckler. The story follows a recent college graduate named Brantley Foster (portrayed on screen by Michael J. Fox), who moves to the Big Apple from Kansas to take a job in finance. On discovering that his position no longer exists, he is forced to work for his inept uncle, who earned his position as president of a company through marriage, and we witness Brantley's rise to the top of the corporate ladder from mail clerk to high-end executive.

A private industry reading is set for February 9 in New York City, directed by Gordon Greenberg. The cast includes Chris Dawn (as Brantley), alongside Lilli Cooper, Golden Globe winner Christian Slater, Olivier Award winner Lesli Margherita, Tony Award winner Priscilla Lopez, Tony Award nominee Emily Skinner, Javier Muñoz, Lori Tan Chinn, David Rossmer, Levi Buksbazen, Courtney Balan, Josh Breckenridge, Kayla Davion, Alyse Alan Louis, Joey Taranto and Noah Weisberg. Stay tuned for more details on the upcoming tuner in the coming months.

The Rose
Is Bette Midler's The Rose getting the Broadway musical treatment?

Accordintg to Variety, a musical adaptation of 1979 film The Rose is in the works with Grammy Award winner Glen Ballard writing a new score for the project. The Rose helped to skyrocket the career of Bette Midler, who received an Oscar nomination for her performance as Mary Rose Foster, and is partially based on the life of rock music icon Janis Joplin. The story follows a self-destructive rock singer, who struggles with new-found fame with a tormenting manager.

Tony-nominated producer Gail Berman commented: "Bringing The Rose to Broadway was a true labor of love. The story lends itself perfectly to a live musical production: it's a roller-coaster journey through the life of a volatile star, a celebration of music and a visual homage to the dazzling culture of rock and roll. We are so excited to bring a modern-day take on this project to the stage, and beyond thrilled to have Glen, a true musical vanguard at the helm."

Stay tuned for more details, including casting and dates, for this exciting musical-in-development.