Widely regarded as the best love story of the modern times, adapted from the novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks- The Notebook has been breaking hearts all over the world. The ethereal love of Allie and Noah overcame the finality of their illnesses and transcended the realm of the living to unite the two lovers in death. The touching story of a rich girl and poor boy reunited despite forced separation, a war, a fiancé, a heart attack and Alzheimer’s has stood the test of the time as a beacon of hope for the lovelorn people all over the world.
The Notebook was Sparks’ first published novel back in 1996. Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, James Garner, and Gena Rowlands starred in the successful 2004 movie adaptation, directed by Nick Cassavetes. The story opened with Garner’s character reading from his notebook to Rowlands’ character, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, about the 1940 romance between a poor quarry worker and a 17-year-old heiress, played by Gosling and McAdams.
The readers of the NewDailyLive would think, as did we, that it will be impossible to improve perfection! But that is where they would be wrong because the bible of lovers everywhere is en route Broadway! Producers Kevin McCollum and Kurt Deutsch in association with Nicholas Sparks announced on Thursday how the romance novel turned hit movie will now have a musical. Way to be a triple threat. Whew! The musical will be produced by Kevin McCollum and Kurt Deutsch. McCollum has won the Tony Award for best musical for In the Heights (2008), Avenue Q (2004), and Rent (1996). Deutsch has won a Grammy Award for best musical show album for In the Heights (2008).
So far it has been revealed that singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson will be composing the music and lyrics, and “This Is Us” supervising producer Bekah Brunstetter will be handling the script. “I am thrilled to work with Bekah and Ingrid in order to make The Notebook a reality on Broadway,” Sparks said in a press release. “They are amazingly talented, and obviously, the story is near and dear to my heart.”
Michaelson revealed, ” I had to excuse myself and go to the bathroom and cry and come back into the meeting,” and that she, “started writing that very night of the first meeting” before she even had the job!
While, Bekah Brunstetter, reportedly mentioned that she was captivated by the story given that she is from North Carolina, where the story of the book is set, and that her family has a history of Alzheimer’s. “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” , added Brunstetter.
The Notebook is the latest hit film to be made into a musical, with “Mean Girls” one of Broadway’s recent biggest smashes in 2018 and an adaptation of “Clueless,” opening in December.