First, it was Spongebob Squarepants, Pretty Woman, and Mean Girls, among others. Now, The Notebook will also head to Broadway! Writer Bekah Brunstetter of This Is Us alongside indie music star Ingrid Michaelson will turn the 2004 romance movie into a full stage musical. Read on to find out all the details!
The Notebook, The Story That Hits Home
The hit movie The Notebook, based on the book by best-selling author Nicholas Sparks, is getting its own Broadway musical. It will be written by This Is Us producer and playwright Bekah Brunstetter. In charge of music and lyrics is Ingrid Michaelson, best known for her songs “The Way I Am” and “Girls Chase Boys.”
Brunstetter (pictured left) says she loved the idea of turning The Notebook into a musical from the beginning. “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. […] The older you get, it seems, the more invisible you become, and yet, you have so much to say – so putting an older couple at the forefront of a musical is thrilling to me. I am so excited to continue collaborating with Ingrid on bringing this beautiful story to life in a new way.”
Michaelson feels the same way. “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. I have loved the movie and the story for so many years now that the idea of turning it into a musical overwhelmed me.”
Huge Box Office Success-Turned-Broadway
Sparks published The Notebook in 1996. It instantly topped the best-seller list, staying on the list for over a year. The movie followed in 2004, also becoming a massive success. The plot focuses on Allie and Noah, a young couple who fall in love during the 1940s. However, their relationship faces many obstacles, as they come from different social and financial backgrounds.
Starring Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling, the romantic tale became an iconic go-to feel-good film. It also brought the two then-fresh actors onto everyone’s radar, making them household names. The Notebook made over $116 million worldwide upon its release, but it didn’t stop there. Fans hurried to purchase DVD of the film and merchandise, too. By 2011, over 11 million copies of the movie were sold.
Sparks, the author, says of The Notebook musical, “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.”
The big announcement came on January 3, from Kevin McCollum and Kurt Deutsch, co-producers of the musical. Both Deutsch and McCollum worked on major Broadway hits. Some of McCollum’s are Avenue Q, Rent, and In the Heights, as well as currently-running stage plays The Play That Goes Wrong and Mike Birbiglia’s The New One. Deutsch founded the Broadway cast album record label, Sh-K-Boom Records. To date, Sh-K-Boom Records has earned three Grammys, including one for The Book of Mormon.
Fans are still waiting to hear about a release date and casting choices. And with big names backing the project, we’re sure to receive some new, exciting details about The Notebook musical soon!