Love Story about immigrant pianist going from Oscar winner to Broadway

January 12, 2011 § Leave a comment

If you caught John Carney’s indie romance ‘Once’ and thought it would make a great Broadway production, you aren’t alone. Producers John N. Hart Jr., Jeff Sine and Fred Zollo snagged the live theater rights to the film back in 2008 and announced yesterday that Irish playwright Enda Walsh and Scottish director John Tiffany will team up to adapt the film for the stage with an eye set on a fall opening. The music and lyrics of stars Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova – which were good enough to win the duo an Oscar for Best Original Song – will be featured prominently alongside the design work of Bob Crowley. ‘Once’ burst onto the scene at Sundance back in 2007. The title garnered an Audience Award at the festival, along with the requisite amount of buzz. The film tells the story of a Busker who meets a young immigrant woman who plays piano. The two struggling musicians team up to create a demo, but the music is more than that – it’s theraputic and chronicling the beginning of their own love affair. With a heavy emphasis on character and music, ‘Once’ should make a nearly seamless transition to the more intimate setting of the theater. (cinematical)

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