Here we go again!
It was just announced that the 2004 classic (?) movie romance The Notebook will be turned into a Broadway musical, joining the likes of (deep breath) Hairspray, The Producers, Mean Girls, King Kong, Heathers, Anastasia, Beauty & the Beast, Newsies, Moulin Rouge, Billy Elliot, Legally Blonde, Sister Act, Amelie, School of Rock, Chicago, Clueless, Sunset Boulevard, Frozen, The Bodyguard, Little Shop of Horrors, La Cage aux Folles, Mary Poppins, The Lion King, Kinky Boots, Grey Gardens, Footloose, Aladdin, Carrie, Groundhog Day, The Wedding Singer, Elf, Ghost, The Little Mermaid, My Fair Lady, Tarzan, 9 to 5, The Full Monty, Bullets Over Broadway, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, A Christmas Story, The Color Purple, Muriel’s Wedding, Pricilla Queen of the Desert, Cry Baby, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Catch Me If You Can, Doctor Doolittle, and The First Wives Club.
(And they say HOLLYWOOD is out of ideas!)
Indie singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson and ‘This Is Us‘ writer-producer Bekah Brunstetter will collaborate on the stage version of the bestselling romance novel by Nicholas Sparks.
The tender love story that became a breakout screen vehicle for Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, The Notebook, will be adapted as a Broadway musical, to be produced by Kevin McCollum and Kurt Deutsch in association with Nicholas Sparks, who wrote the bestselling 1996 novel.
The 2004 movie directed by Nick Cassavetes starred Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams as a young couple who fall in love but are kept apart by barriers of wealth and class. Their story is recounted years later by an elderly man played by James Garner to Gena Rowlands as a fellow nursing home resident with dementia.
I’m sure this is a wonderful idea that will make a kajillion bucks, but omg NO. Just leave the movie ALONE. Ryan and Rachel were perfect and they caNOT be replaced.