The scribe was tentative at first about the project, but was "dragged into it by Rick [Elice, his Jersey Boys collaborator] — kicking and screaming — as I was into Jersey Boys," he told Playbill.com. "The way he convinced me was he reminded me that I have two daughters, and I have a lot of material."
Having undergone the daunting task of creating a book for what many term a "jukebox musical" (using the existing catalog of Four Seasons songs), the duo will now venture into further taboo territory by using a film as source material. The biggest challenge, according to Brickman, is "to do a version of the story that works as a musical that won't upset people who love the three movies."
"So I think, in a sense, we can't win," the seasoned writer readily quipped. "Well, we couldn't win with Jersey Boys either because we came in being heckled by everybody 'Jukebox!,' so I kind of like the challenge." He concluded, "The way we grow is by fear and trembling."
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 and Brickman retold the story of the famed group The Four Seasons in Jersey Boys — a first venture into musical theatre for both. They are also currently in pre-production on an original musical called Turn of the Century — with Tommy Tune slated to direct.