The Post gave no source for the report, but said Drabinsky, the producer behind 1990s musicals Ragtime, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Fosse and the Show Boat revival, is trying to assemble a creative team that would include Tony-nominated An American in Paris director Christopher Wheeldon and librettist Craig Lucas.
Terkel is no stranger to the world of Broadway. His "Working" was turned into a musical by Stephen Schwartz in 1978.
One important problem for Drabinsky: though he has served time in Canada for fraud connected with the collapse of his producing company, Livent Inc., he still faces possible arrest if he crosses into the U.S., where charges connected with company are still pending.
The Post reported that Drabinsky is hoping to petition President Barack Obama for a pardon.
Aside from his two Tony-winning musicals, Drabinsky built the Broadway theatre on 42nd Street now known as the Lyric Theatre. No word on last fall's report that Drabinsky was looking to musicalize the 1988 Shirley MacLaine movie "Madame Sousatzka," which Drabinsky also produced. The musical was supposed to be presented by the Canadian-based entertainment company StageVentures.
Drabinsky's parole follows three years of serving time for fraud and forgery in connection with the collapse of his theatrical empire Livent. He was the subject of "Show Stopper," Barry Avrich's documentary about his career.