"Having weathered the advance [antagonism] of the press for writing a jukebox musical," quipped Rick Elice to the New York daily, "we have now looked for the second most heinous thing to do—adapt a film."
Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor starred in the 1950 comedy which follows the story of a man who marries off his daughter and the surprises and mishaps that occurred through the planning and arranging of the big day. Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett penned the screenplay based on an Edward Streeter novel for the movie which was directed by Vincente Minnelli. In 1991, Nancy Meyers and Charles Shyer updated the work for a film starring Steve Martin and Diane Keaton.
Elice penned the book for the Tony Award-nominated new musical Jersey Boys with Marshall Brickman. The duo retell the story of the famed group The Four Seasons through the use of their songs. The musical was the first venture into musical theatre for both writers.
"We have another one all ready to go with Tommy Tune directing," co-librettist Marshall Brickman previously told Playbill.com (May 16) about another upcoming project. "It's called Turn of the Century. It's an original new musical with a wonderful new composing team." Brickman declined to detail the plot of the show, preferring to keep it a secret. He did say it would be a period piece. Work is expected to begin before the end of the year.
At that time, the team also spoke of other future projects including a play ("because we don't want to be pigeonholed [as musical writers]," quipped Brickman) and another musical. (Elice explained "We were just hired to do an adaptation and we're sort of romancing Phil [Collins] possibly to do the music and lyrics.").