A new musical detailing the life of pianist Liberace is back on track with the support of a new producer, according to the New York Post. Jerry Weintraub, who produced the 2013 HBO Liberace film Behind the Candelabra, was originally behind the stage adaptation, but passed away before its fruition in 2015.
The New York Post reports that film producer David Permut, whose credits include the Oscar-nominated Hacksaw Ridge, is now behind the musical and has his sights on Broadway.
A creative team, including a composer, lyricist, book writer, and director, have not yet been revealed. Permut told the Post that he was in the process of assembling his “dream team,” and that he envisioned a generous wardrobe budget to accommodate Liberace’s extravagant tastes in fashion and jewelry.
Behind the Candelabra starred Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as his lover Scott Thorson. Adapted from Thorson’s memoir, Behind the Candelabra: My Life With Liberace, the film chronicled their secret love affair and the final years of Liberace’s life.