‘The Pocket book’ musical is heading to Broadway

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Nicholas Sparks’ “The Pocket book” is headed to Broadway as a musical, with playwright and “This Is Us” supervising producer Bekah Brunstetter writing the e book and “Women Chase Boys” hit-maker Ingrid Michaelson dealing with music and lyrics.

“I’m thrilled to work with Bekah and Ingrid as a way to make ‘The Pocket book’ a actuality on Broadway,” mentioned creator Sparks, whose 1996 e book was became a 2004 movie starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. “They’re amazingly proficient, and clearly, the story is close to and expensive to my coronary heart.”

The announcement was made as we speak by Kevin McCollum and Kurt Deutsch, who will produce in affiliation with Sparks. McCollum’s producing credit embrace, amongst many others, “Within the Heights,” “Avenue Q,” “Hire” and the present “The Play That Goes Flawed” and Mike Birbiglia’s “The New One.”

Deutsch is the founding father of Sh-Ok-Growth & Ghostlight Information, a number one Broadway forged album imprint. Sh-Ok-Growth/Ghostlight has gained three Grammy Awards (“The E book of Mormon,” “Within the Heights” and “Lovely – The Carole King Musical”). Deutsch is also SVP of Theatrical and Catalog Growth for Warner/Chappell Music Publishing.

Further inventive crew members and a manufacturing timeline for “The Pocket book” musical might be introduced at a later date.

“After I first heard about The Pocket book doubtlessly being became a musical, I used to be immediately drawn to the concept,” mentioned Brunstetter, whose play “The Cake” opens on the Manhattan Theatre Membership this spring. “The story hits residence for me in two massive methods: it takes place in my residence state of North Carolina, and Alzheimer’s runs deep in my household. I used to be despatched a couple of songs Ingrid had already written for it, and that week, I spent my drives to and from work car-listening, memorizing, imagining the story unfold with music, imagining how I’d layer worlds, dramatize reminiscence, and earlier than I even knew that I needed to write the e book for this, it was already beginning to occur in my head.”

She continued: “The older you get, it appears, the extra invisible you turn into, and but, you’ve a lot to say — so placing an older couple on the forefront of a musical is thrilling to me. I’m so excited to proceed collaborating with Ingrid on bringing this stunning story to life in a brand new method.”

Michaelson, whose recordings embrace Platinum singles “Women Chase Boys” and “The Approach I Am,” mentioned, “After I was approached about engaged on ‘The Pocket book’ I needed to excuse myself and go to the lavatory and cry and are available again into the assembly. I’ve beloved the film and the story for thus a few years now that the concept of turning it right into a musical overwhelmed me.

“The idea of never-ending devotion and love wrapped up in reminiscence and household is one thing very near my very own private life. The story sings to me so completely. I really began writing that very night time of the primary assembly, earlier than I even had the job! I can’t await the world to listen to these characters come to life in a musical method.”

Michaelson made her appearing movie debut in final yr’s “Humor Me,” and she or he made her Broadway debut final summer time as Sonya in “Natasha, Pierre, and The Nice Comet of 1812.” She can also be presently co-writing a script about her life for Hulu.

Producers McCollum and Deutsch issued a joint assertion: “The inventive course of works finest when the fabric finds the artist, and that’s precisely what occurred with Nicholas Spark’s novel, ‘The Pocket book.’ From day one, Ingrid and Bekah have had a transparent imaginative and prescient for the present, and even at this early stage, it has confirmed to be an exceptionally thrilling and fruitful collaboration.”

Nick Cassavetes directed the 2004 movie model (pictured above), which additionally starred James Garner and Gena Rowlands.

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