From iconic feature film to what will hopefully become a fantastic Broadway musical, that is the road for the legendary 1959 film, Black Orpheus.
The NY Times is reporting that producer Stephen C. Byrd, best known for his takes on such classics as Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (which he garnered much publicity for given his casting of an all black collection of actors for the show back in 2008), has picked up the rights to adapt the film. He has reportedly tapped the team of Claudio Botelho and Charles Moeller to adapt the script, and will include the music found within the film, particularly the songs from Antonio Carlos Jobim and Luiz Bonfa, an aspect of the feature that’s made the picture a beloved member of The Criterion Collection.
As a huge fan of the film, I really can’t wait to see what they will do with the film on the stage. The film is inherently a musical, a retelling of the famous Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, and will make for a trip to the theater unlike anything you’ll likely see the same year. Expect to see this during the 2013-14 Broadway season.
Source NY Times