Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Sleepless in Seattle – The Musical

Sleepless in Seattle, the 1993 romantic comedy is in the process of becoming a Broadway musical. Following in the footsteps of other film-turned-musicals such as Ghost, Sleepless in Seattle is getting a stage makeover.

Copyright Jim Cox
Originally written by the now late-Nora Ephron, Sleepless in Seattle starred Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks. It told the story of widower Sam bringing up his young son, Jonah in Seattle. Sam is persuaded to speak on the radio about his loss which causes hundreds of women to write to him. One woman, Annie, a newspaper reporter, inspired by the film An Affair To Remember, decides to write to him too, despite her engagement to Walter. They arrange to meet at the Empire State Building, but like all romantic comedies, it doesn’t go to plan.

The musical adaptation was meant to open on Broadway in June, at the Pasadena Playhouse, but set backs have meant the opening has been postponed.
Since the production process started for the musical there has been a lot of changes to the creative team which has caused a change in direction for the musical.
The music and lyrics written for the show weren’t up to scratch, according to David Shor, the musical producer. He said, “It was our conclusion that we didn’t feel that the music team we had was the horse we could ride to the end of this, they wrote some great music, but it wasn’t a whole show’s worth of great music.”
However, it seems like they are back on track and going ahead with the rest of the production process. The songs will now be composed by Ben Toth and writer Sam Forman.
We hope the musical keeps Nora Ephron’s memory alive by doing her story proud. We loved the film, but can’t help but think that on stage it might fall a little flat without having the amazing New York skyline as a backdrop, but who knows we may one day see this in the West End.

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