A New Funeral Home Musical Is in the Works From the Producers of TV's "Peter Pan" and "Smash"

News   A New Funeral Home Musical Is in the Works From the Producers of TV's "Peter Pan" and "Smash"
 
Move over Fun Home, there's another funeral home musical in the works. Deadline Hollywood reports that Craig Zadan and Neil Meron’s Storyline Entertainment, producer of TV's "Smash," "Peter Pan," "The Sound of Music" and the forthcoming "The Wiz," is co-developing an hourlong musical "workplace soap" inspired by the Boyd Funeral Home in South Central Los Angeles.

The hourlong NBC-TV show, to be created and written by playwright/screenwriter Julie Brownell, will "approach funeral services as positive celebrations of life, not death — complete with song and dance."

The title of the 2015 Tony Award-winning Best Musical Fun Home is short for the show's setting, a funeral home.

The yet-untitled TV show will be co-produced by Jason Katims' True Jack Productions for Universal TV. Brownell's plays include the 2011 Off-Broadway production, All-American. In addition to "Smash," her TV projects have included "Parenthood," "About a Boy" and the upcoming "The Way."

"Located in one of the toughest areas of Los Angeles known for its high rates of gang violence," Deadline Hollywood reported, "the Boyd Funeral Home has made a name for itself with its unusual services that feature music blaring from the hearse and pallbearers dressed in top hats and tails dancing the casket down the church aisle."

The story listed no director, composer, choreographer or premiere date.

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