A musical adaptation of The Notebook is officially in the works.
The Notebook is coming back into our lives and we are ecstatic! The 2004 film based on the bestselling Nicholas Sparks novel is making a comeback with an upcoming musical by singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson.
The news was announced on Thursday’s Today Show by Michaelson who confirmed she has tapped for the Broadway production. The story will be adapted for the stage by This Is Us producer Bekah Brunstetter.
“I’m writing a musical… and the musical is The Notebook!” Michaelson screamed to co-host Hoda Kotb on the daytime talk show. “I haven’t been able to say it in so long! And now I’m saying it! The Notebook! The Notebook! The Notebook!”
“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,” said Michaelson added later in a statement. “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…I cannot wait for the world to hear these characters come to life in a musical way.”
“The story hits home for me in two big ways: it takes place in my home state of North Carolina, and Alzheimer’s runs deep in my family. 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.”
Check out the announcement below!