The musical will star Samantha Barks, who you will probably recognize from the film version of Les Miserables. She will star alongside Tony award-winning actor Steve Kazee. The plot follows the story of a prostitute that falls in love with a wealthy businessman.
The film's director, Garry Marshall—who passed away last year—was not able to see the project come to light, but did talk of his excitement about its potential almost three years ago.
"It's a year away but Disney's behind it," he told Deadline in a 2014 interview. "After 24 years! In the old days, nobody figured that a movie could become a play, so in the '80s they gave writers theatrical rights, a piece, you can't get near that. J.F. Lawton owns half and Disney owns half. He wanted to write an opera where everybody dies and Disney wanted to make Julia Roberts a model… Not a lady of the night. These Disney people said to me, 'We cannot put our label on a show about a prostitute. But you can, so your name will be on as one of the producers. We would like to make the money.' We have a good relationship. [Disney Theatrical Group chief] Tom Schumacher has been very, very supportive and helpful. We've had a couple of little readings of it with temporary music, and it's not bad. It's still a darn good story."
The musical will have a tryout run at Chicago's Oriental Theater in spring 2018, before moving to Broadway in the autumn.
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
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