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Born in Chicago Shakespeare, ‘The Notebook’ musical opens on Broadway in spring


The new musical “The Notebook,” based on Nicholas Sparks’ 1996 novel and the 2004 hit film, hits Broadway next spring, producer Kevin McCullom announced Thursday in New York. The show, featuring the book by Bekah Brunstetter and music by Ingrid Michaelson, premiered last October at The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier.

the show was a huge hit With audiences in Chicago fascinated by the popularity of the film, which is famous for its soggy sex scene and heart-wrenching narration between the characters played by Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. But the updated show has successfully found a tougher edge than the movie; Michaelson’s music was an unconventional but highly successful package of songs, notable for its romantic sweep as well as its dramatic drive. Michaelson (“The Way I Am” and “Girls Chase Boys”) is now known more as a singer-songwriter than a Broadway composer; His work on “The Notebook” will likely change that perception.

They will stay on the project, as will Michael Greif and Schele Williams, who directed the show in Chicago, and choreographer Katie Spelman, who recently directed “Once” at the Writers Theatre, and whose career was in Chicago. Casting has not been announced yet.

Chicago theaters may send two big new musicals to hits in the city next season: “The Notebook” opens March 14 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 W. 45th St., and is the Goodman Theater’s sold-out production. “Who is Tommy” Although no plans have been announced yet, it seems likely that he will join the series.

Chris Jones is a Tribune critic.



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