According to Deadline, the Weinstein Company is working on a movie adaptation of Stephen Schwartz and Roger Hirsen’s Pippin. There isn’t a lot of information out there but all we know so far is that James Ponsoldt will pen the script for this under appreciated musical. With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by Roger Hirsen, Pippin is about the son of King Charlemagne who, like most young people, is trying figure out who he is and what is his place in the world. The original Broadway production opened in 1972 with the incomparable Bob Fosse at the helm. It recently returned to Broadway and is currently playing. The current production is slated to open on April 25th.
I think that it is interesting that news broke about this project now. We are only about 13 days until the Tony Awards are announced and this show is probably going to at least nominated in the category of Best Revival of a Musical. Why not wait until after the Tony announcements? Why not wait until after it even opens? While the Weinstein’s probably don’t have money invested in the Broadway production, by capitalizing on a big moment you might attract film buffs to go see the current production. They of course are then going to want to compare it to the film version. All I see is a win-win situation for everybody.
The biggest question is who will star as the “Leading Man”? Ben Vereen originated that role and won a Tony for it in the original Broadway production in 1972. The best choice would probably be Patina Miller, who is currently reprising the role as the first female “Leading Man”. If they try to stick with a male “Leading Man” maybe they might look towards Leslie Odom Jr. I think he might do a pretty good job in that role. Whatever the case may be, there is still very little information about this production. Let’s just hope that film actually gets made.
In The Heights Film Taps Corey Hawkins to Play Benny
The Tony Award-winning musical In The Heights is headed to the big screen thanks to Warner Bros., And according to Deadline the Straight Outta Compton star Corey Hawkins has been cast in the role of Benny, a taxi driver who works for the father of the young lady he is in love with, Nina. As a college student at Stanford, Nina is considered “the one who made it out.” However, Nina’s father won’t accept Benny as his daughter’s boyfriend
Set in Washington Heights in NYC, In the Heights follows the lives of people who battle with helping their neighborhood in the midst of gentrification as well as dealing with their own issues while experiencing a blackout. It was previously announced that Anthony Ramos (Hamilton) would lead the film as the bodega owner Usnavi.
“In The Heights” will hit movie theaters June 26, 2020, with a script written by Quiara Alegría Hudes and directed by Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians)
Hawkins is a 2017 Tony Award nominee for his role in Six Degrees of Separation. The Julliard graduate also graced the Broadway stage Broadway in Romeo & Juliet alongside Condola Rashad and Orlando Bloom. He also was recently seen in Spike Lee‘s Oscar-nominated film BlacKkKlansman.
Broadway’s American Son Starring Kerry Washington Will Be Adapted for Netflix
The Broadway play American Son starring Kerry Washington will find a home on the streaming platform Netflix. The announcement was made Monday night on the The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon by Washington who will reprise her role in the film adaption.
American Son follows the story of interracial parents who reunite in a Florida police station to search for answers about their missing teenage son.
The play won’t just be filmed but it will be adapted to be “a play/movie hybrid event” according to Washington.
— Fallon Tonight (@FallonTonight) January 22, 2019
Production is set to take place in February in New York City. Tony Award-winning Leon will return to direct and is also set to produce the Netflix transfer. The original cast including Steven Pasquale, Jeremy Jordan, and Eugene Lee will all reprise their roles in the production.
“American Son powerfully explores themes of family, love, and identity,” said Cindy Holland, VP originals at Netflix. “We are honored to work with Kerry Washington, Kenny Leon, Christopher Demos-Brown and the entire cast to bring this story from the Broadway stage to our members around the world.”
American Son is in its final week on Broadway. The show will close on Sunday, January 27th.