'Sing Street' to Become Stage Musical
John Carney's film about Dublin teenagers starting a new wave band in the mid-1980s has been adapted with a book by Enda Walsh and music and lyrics by Carney and Gary Clark.
Irish director John Carney's 2007 film Once became a hit stage musical, winning eight Tony Awards. Now the filmmaker's 2016 feature, Sing Street, is going the same route. A stage adaptation of the comedy-drama with music, about a 16-year-old Dublin lad who attempts to escape his troubled home life and impress a coolly enigmatic local beauty by starting a band influenced by the new wave pop sounds of the 1980s will premiere as part of New York Theatre Workshop's 2019-20 season.
That off-Broadway venue is the same place where Once had its New York debut in 2011, in a sold-out run that propelled it to Broadway. Like Once, the Sing Street musical will feature a book by Tony-winning playwright Enda Walsh, while music and lyrics are by Carney and Gary Clark, of the late-'80s band Danny Wilson, which had an international hit with "Mary's Prayer." The same team wrote the original songs heard in the movie.
Rebecca Taichman, a 2017 Tony winner for Indecent, will direct the production, with choreography by Sonya Tayeh, who is currently in rehearsals with Moulin Rouge!, beginning performances June 28 on Broadway. The creative team includes set and costume design by Bob Crowley and music supervision and orchestrations by Martin Lowe, both of whom also worked on Once, with lighting by Christopher Akerlind and sound by Darron L. West.
Carney's Sing Street film premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival to upbeat reviews, and was acquired by The Weinstein Company for U.S. theatrical release. It grossed a modest $3.2 million domestically, and $10.4 million in foreign.
Dates for the musical at New York Theatre Workshop are to be announced.
This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.