First Date Writers Will Pen "Phantom of the Opera" Series for ABC and Are at Work on "17 Again" Musical

News   First Date Writers Will Pen "Phantom of the Opera" Series for ABC and Are at Work on "17 Again" Musical
 
First Date writers Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner will pen "Phantom of the Opera" for ABC Studios and ABC network, it was announced Oct. 23.

Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner
Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

The show — a contemporary reimagining of Gaston Leroux's gothic novel "The Phantom of the Opera," set in the sexy and cutthroat world of the modern-day music business — will be executive produced by Marc Cherry and Sabrina Wind and their Cherry/Wind Productions.

The show will not be a musical series, but it will have musical elements à la ABC's "Nashville."

Zachary and Weiner's First Date will have its international premiere in Tokyo this fall, followed by productions around the world. Their latest Broadway-aimed musical Secondhand Lions had its world premiere at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre last year and is being produced by Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures.

The team is also writing a stage musical based on the New Line Cinema feature "17 Again."

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