For much of the same reasons that Hollywood continually remakes movies – the built-in name brand recognition makes it easier to market the product – Broadway has turned to adapting films for the stage. In the past few years we’ve seen Monty Python And The Holy Grail, The Color Purple, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Sister Act, Priscilla Queen Of The Desert and The Lion King make the jump from the big screen to the footlights, to name just a few.
So how about blaxploitation classic Superfly?
The New York Times reported over the weekend that Bill T. Jones, who has won Tony awards for Spring Awakening and Fela!, is spending three weeks in New York next month working on the project in presumably a workshop environment. The show features a book by Seth Zvi Rosenfeld, whose play A Brother’s Kiss was adapted to film in 1997, and music by ’70s-era soul, funk and R&B artists, including Curtis Mayfield, who recorded the original film’s famed soundtrack. The soundtrack is one of the very few to out-gross the film that spawned it.
This is the second time that material from the proposed show has been workshopped. Previously, Justin Guarini (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) contributed during that session.
Reportedly, there is a casting session going on today for the role of Georgia, ” a 20-something beauty with a fabulous voice who can match the ‘sexuality, fearlessness, and heart’ of Priest, the college-educated cocaine dealer at the center of the show.”