Steven Spielberg and Showtime are in the early stages of developing a scripted series that will chronicle the development of an original Broadway musical from its creative inception through it’s opening night. Spielberg has been developing the concept for years and the intent is to then open the show on Broadway once the series airs. The still untitled project will also have Spielberg reuniting with the creative team of Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (“Hairspray”) who recently wrote the music and lyrics for the musical adaptation of “Catch Me if You Can”. You can find out some more details when you click on the jump.
Variety tells us that Spielberg is being hands-on in setting up the project over at Showtime and that he is now in the process of meeting with writers to create the series, which will “offer a behind-the-scenes look at every aspect of launching a tuner, from penning the songs to recruiting investors. The show will aims to “incorporate multiple points of view on the process” and will “depict the personal lives of selected key players”
This might sound like a simple “lets watch a group of people put on a show, then watch the show” kind of thing, but this project actually sounds kind of ambitious to me since it’s all scripted and not a reality show. This means that original scripts will have to be developed along with the original tunes at the same time and I wouldn’t be too surprised if the series will try to get an emotional response by connecting the songs with what is happening to the characters. Plus, the show even sounds more interesting to me when I read that the hope for the series is to run for multiple seasons while possibly focusing on new productions.
I’m a big fan of musicals so I am definitely interested in this one. I like the idea of finding a group of up and comers who will not only have to act well, but will have to sing well too. I also find it an odd (but great) choice that Spielberg is aiming to make this is a scripted series since it seems like just making a reality show would just be a way easier choice.
As always, we’ll keep you updated.