This Ridiculously Popular Romance Movie Is Being Made into a Broadway Musical
Yesterday, major Broadway news broke that's bound to make a lot of people happy: that is, Ryan Gosling fans, romance novel readers, "This Is Us" devotees and those who love crying during adorably sentimental movies.
The Notebook, based on Nicolas Sparks' bestselling book of the same name, is being made into a Broadway-bound musical.
Who's On Board?
Ingrid Michaelson: The singer-songerwriter who's known for hits like "The Way I Am" and "Girls Chase Boys" is doing the music and lyrics. Though it's her first time writing for Broadway, she's not a stranger to the Great White Way. In the summer of 2017, she briefly played Sonya in Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 when Brittain Ashford was on leave.
Bekah Brunstetter: While she may not be a household name, we're sure you've heard of that little TV show called "This Is Us" where Brunstetter is a supervising producer. Brunstetter will write the book for this musical version of The Notebook. In an interview with Deadline Hollywood,she said,
"When I first heard about The Notebook potentially being turned into a musical, I was instantly drawn to the idea. The story hits home for me in two big ways: it takes place in my home state of North Carolina, and Alzheimer's runs deep in my family. I was sent a few 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 might layer worlds, dramatize memory, and before I even knew that I had to write the book for this, it was already starting to happen in my head."
Nicholas Sparks: It's only natural that the original novel's author, the king of rom-dram himself, will be helping with The Notebook's latest evolution as one of the show's producers.
With this trio involved, we're going to encourage the ushers to hand out Kleenex with the Playbills.
What About the Dancing?
While a choreographer hasn't been announced yet, we're betting that the movie's dances scenes will be expanded for the stage: How about an intimate slow dance between Allie and Noah? Or Noah's impromptu dancewith a young neighbor at a front porch gathering? Or WWII-era swing dancing backed by a big band? (We can think of one Broadway choreographer who showed a fair hand with that style recently.)
So when's opening night? At this point, Michaelson has started writing songs, but the team hasn't announced when the full show will be ready. We can only expect that audiences will be flocking to The Notebook when that day comes. After all, if I'm a bird, you're a bird.
Pacific Northwest Ballet principals Rachel Foster and Jonathan Porretta took their final curtain call on June 9, 2019. Photo by Lindsay Thomas, Courtesy PNB
We all know dance careers are temporary. But this season, it feels like we're saying goodbye to more stars than usual.
Many have turned to social media to share their last curtain calls, thoughts on what it feels like to say farewell to performing, and insights into the ways that dancing has made them who they are. After years of dedicating your life to the studio and stage, the decision to stop dancing is always an emotional one. Each dancer handles it in their own way—whether that means cheekily admitting to having an existential crisis, or simply leaving with no regrets about what you did for love.
We will miss these dancers' performances, but can't wait to see what awaits each in their next chapters.
A previous lab cycle. Photo by Evan Zimmerman/MurphyMade, Courtesy RRR Creative
Choreographic incubator Broadway Dance Lab has recently been rechristened Dance Lab New York. "I found the nomenclature of 'Broadway' was actually a type of glass ceiling to the organization," says choreographer Josh Prince, who founded the nonprofit in 2012.