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It might be a good time to buy stock in Kleenex, because we foresee needing a lot of tissues when the “The Notebook” comes to Broadway.
The beloved 2004 film, based on the romance novel by Nicholas Sparks, tells the love story of Noah, a handsome, blue-collar adventurer, and Allie, who comes from a more privileged and judgmental family. (Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams memorably played the couple in the movie.)
The pair falls madly in love with each other as teenagers, but Allie’s disapproving parents keep them apart until … well, we won’t ruin it for you. Suffice it to say, the movie has many fans and we could see how it would translate well on Broadway, too.
Pop singer Ingrid Michaelson announced the news on NBC’s “Today” on Thursday, Jan. 3, and shared that she will write the songs for the upcoming musical. Considering she penned catchy songs like “The Way I Am,” “Girls Chase Boys” and “Hell No,” we think she will be the perfect match for the show.
Michaelson said in a press release, “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.”
“The concept of unending devotion and love wrapped up in memory and family is something very close to my own personal life,” Michaelson continued. “The story sings to me so perfectly. I actually started writing that very night of the first meeting, before I even had the job! I cannot wait for the world to hear these characters come to life in a musical way.”
The script for “The Notebook” on Broadway will be written by Bekah Brunstetter, a producer and writer on “This Is Us” — so you can trust she knows a thing or two about writing a tearjerker.
There is no news yet about a potential premiere date, a cast or whether the famous line, “If you’re a bird, I’m a bird” will make it into the script. (Our money’s on yes.)
One thing is for certain, though — it will be hard to top the chemistry of Gosling and McAdams!