'The Notebook' Heads to Broadway, With Songs by Ingrid Michaelson

Shervin Lainez
Ingrid Michaelson

The new musical is being adapted by producers Kevin McCollum and Kurt Deutsch in association with author Nicholas Sparks.

Nicholas Sparks' best-selling novel The Notebook is being turned into a Broadway musical.

Ingrid Michaelson and Bekhan Brunstetter will develop the adaptation. The tearjerker romance about true love that endures a lifetime was first published in 1996, then was turned into an award-winning film in 2004 starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams.

"I am thrilled to work with Bekah and Ingrid in order to make The Notebook a reality on Broadway," Sparks said in a press release. "They are amazingly talented, and obviously, the story is near and dear to my heart.”

Singer-songwriter Michaelson will write the music and lyrics for the upcoming production.

“When I was approached about working on the Notebook I had to excuse myself and go to the bathroom and cry and come back into the meeting," Michaelson also said in a press release. "I have loved the movie and the story for so many years now that the idea of turning it into a musical overwhelmed me. The concept of unending devotion and love wrapped up in memory and family is something very close to my own personal life. The story sings to me so perfectly. I actually started writing that very night of the first meeting, before I even had the job! I cannot wait for the world to hear these characters come to life in a musical way.”

The book will be written by Bekah Brunstetter, who has previously written for Freeform’s Switched at Birth, and Starz’s American Gods. She was instantly drawn to the story being that she is from North Carolina, where the book takes place, and her family has a history of Alzheimers.

"I was sent a few songs Ingrid had already written for it, and that week, I spent my drives to and from work car-listening, memorizing, imagining the story unfold with music, imagining how I might layer worlds, dramatize memory, and before I even knew that I had to write the book for this, it was already starting to happen in my head, added Brunstetter. "The older you get, it seems, the more invisible you become, and yet, you have so much to say -- so putting an older couple at the forefront of a musical is thrilling to me. I am so excited to continue collaborating with Ingrid on bringing this beautiful story to life in a new way.”

The musical will be produced by Kevin McCollum and Kurt Deutsch. McCollum has won the Tony Award for best musical for In the Heights (2008), Avenue Q (2004), and Rent (1996). Deutsch has won a Grammy Award for best musical show album for In the Heights (2008).

"The creative process works best when the material finds the artist, and that’s exactly what happened with Nicholas Spark’s novel, The Notebook," they said in a joint statement. "From day one, Ingrid and Bekah have had a clear vision for the show, and even at this early stage, it has proven to be an exceptionally exciting and fruitful collaboration."