Everybody’s favourite romantic film The Notebook is now being made into a musical.
The 1996 novel, which was made into a movie in 2004, is being adapted for a stage audience by singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson, producer Bekah Brunstetter and Nicholas Sparks, who wrote the beloved story.
Michaelson confirmed the news on NBC’s Today Show, and later took to Twitter to express her excitement, writing: ‘I. Can’t. Believe. This. Is. Happening.’
Writer Sparks also echoed Michaelson’s enthusiasm when he wrote on his Twitter account: ‘Excited to share BIG NEWS… #TheNotebook is coming to Broadway! Playwright and #ThisIsUs producer Bekah Brunstetter will be writing the adaptation, w/ artist @Ingridmusic handling music and lyrics. Thrilled to work w/ everyone on bringing this to stage!’
He later confirmed to Deadline again that he was ‘thrilled’ to work alongside Michaelson and Brunstetter. ‘They are amazingly talented, and obviously, the story is near and dear to my heart,’ he said.
The bad news for us Brits is that so far, the theatre production has only been announced in the U.S. on Broadway. We are holding out hopes however that following its inevitable success, it will come to London’s West End.
There is little further information about when the show will be ready for theatre audiences, or when casting will open – but we can’t wait to see who takes on the lead roles we associate with Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams so strongly.
The pair starred as Noah and Allie in the hit 2004 movie, which many still count as one of the best romantic films of all time. IMDB listed The Notebook as their number two top romance films, sandwiched by two other Nicholas Sparks greats: Dear John and The Last Song.
We are looking forward to hearing from Gosling and McAdams to see what they think of the exciting news…