If this musical is a bird, we will also be a bird. Contemporary romance classic The Notebook is coming to Broadway, y’all! The novel-turned-film starring Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling absolutely stole hearts when it came out in 2004, so it almost feels overdue that we’ve had to wait this long for someone to decide to make it into a musical. On Jan. 3, the announcement of the film’s musical adaptation had fans coming out of the woodwork to celebrate and running out to buy tissues in bulk.
According to Variety, the show will be produced by Kevin McCollum and Kurt Deutsch in association with Nicholas Sparks himself, the author of the novel the film is based on. Bekah Brunstetter and singer Ingrid Michaelson will be developing the musical adaptation.
Bekah is currently a supervising producer on the hit NBC show This Is Us and she has a play called The Cake opening at Manhattan Theatre Club in Spring 2019. We have faith she’ll be able to bring the book and film to life onstage because she’s passionate about the content.
“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,” Bekah told Variety. “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.”
Ingrid Michaelson is a storied songwriter with just the perfect tone to work on such a delicate piece. “When I was approached about working on The Notebook, I had to excuse myself and go to the bathroom and cry and come back into the meeting,” the singer revealed. “I have loved the movie and the story for so many years now that the idea of turning it into a musical overwhelmed me. The concept of unending devotion and love wrapped up in memory and family is something very close to my own personal life.”
Even Nicholas Sparks is thrilled about the project. In a statement, he said, “I am thrilled to work with Bekah and Ingrid in order to make The Notebook a reality on Broadway. They are amazingly talented, and obviously, the story is near and dear to my heart.”
Anyone trying to make a Costco run? Let’s get those issues in bulk, shall we?