Madeleine L’Engle’s classic children’s book A Wrinkle in Time is set to become a new stage musical.
The Broadway show will have songs by Obie Award winner Heather Christian (Oratorio for Living Things), and a book by Lauren Yee (Cambodian Rock Band).
A Wrinkle in Time The Musical will be directed by Lee Sunday Evans (Dance Nation).
The stage adaptation has been masterminded by L’Engle’s granddaughter Charlotte Jones Voiklis, who will produce the show with Broadway producer Diana DiMenna and her Plate Spinner Productions (Girl from the North Country), and & Juliet producer Aaron Glick.
2022 is the 60th anniversary of the book, which is about a girl called Meg Murry who is transported on an adventure through time and space with her younger brother and friend, to rescue her scientist father from the evil forces that hold him prisoner on another planet.
The book was recently turned into a Disney movie directed by Ava DuVernay, starring Reese Witherspoon, Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling, Levi Miller, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Peña, Zach Galifianakis, and Chris Pine.
Voiklis told press that: “Knowing my grandmother’s love of and devotion to theater, I had long envisioned a musical adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time that could transport audiences to a different dimension in a way only music can. I am inspired by this creative team who truly love and understand the original novel and yet are ready to explore the possibilities of what it could be on the stage.”
Producer DiMenna said: “We are thrilled to create a truly magical theatrical experience of this beloved story for multigenerational audiences to savor. A Wrinkle in Time‘s themes of fierce love, loyalty, kinship, and friendship are universal balms for the soul, and will draw audiences into a collective adventure of bravery and triumph.”
The creative team, Yee, Christian, and Evans, said in a joint statement: “A Wrinkle in Time is a wildly imaginative and deeply emotional story of a young woman searching for her father and discovering that her capacity to love and be connected to the people around her is her superpower. So much of the book feels gloriously impossible to stage — tessering through time and space, the chilling of world Camazotz and the indescribable ways of communicating on other planets in the universe — which is exactly why we’re thrilled to adapt this story into a musical. We’re so inspired by this iconic book and can’t wait to invite audiences to gather in a theater to experience this moving, bold story told with all the electric magic of live performance.”
More of the creative team, and timings, will be announced in 2023.
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