Oscar winner Bill Condon will direct a stage adaptation of the 1954 film A Star Is Born. The musical is in the early stages of developmental by Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures.
The show will feature the Harold Arlen and Ira Gershwin songs heard in the Judy Garland and James Mason movie, including “The Man That Got Away” and “Gotta Have Me Go with You.” It is unrelated to the previously announced new film starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga.
A Star Is Born tells the story of Esther Blodgett, an aspiring singer who blossoms into a movie musical star and her tempestuous relationship with Norman Maine, the former star who sees his career decline after their marriage. Additional information for the show—including a cast and production timeline—will be announced at a later date.
Condon directed and provided additional book material for the 2014 Broadway revival of Side Show. On screen, he helmed Disney’s upcoming live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, which will arrive in theatres on March 17. He won an Oscar in 1999 for his screenplay for Gods and Monsters; he received an additional nomination four years later for Chicago.
Warner Bros. Theatrical Ventures will be represented this season with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Additional titles the company has in the works include stage adaptations of Beetlejuice, which recently held a reading directed by Alex Timbers and starring Christopher Fitzgerald, Dave, Dog Day Afternoon, Night Shift and 17 Again.
Take a look at Garland performing the iconic torch song “The Man That Got Away” from the film below.