Family Ties, the long-running CBS-TV series about two grown-up former hippies who try to raise their children with their tree-hugging values, is being adapted as a stage play.
The stage version of Family Ties is slated to premiere June 1, 2017, at The Human Race Theatre Company in Dayton, OH, “in homage to the series’ original Ohio setting,” according to production notes. The limited run is scheduled to conclude June 25, 2017.
The Broadway and regional production company Araca Group (Beautiful, Book of Mormon, Wicked) has engaged playwright and recent Kleban Award winner Daniel Goldstein to do the adaptation of the series, which ran 1982-1989, and made a star of Michael J. Fox. No casting for the stage version was announced.
It will join Cheers, Happy Days, The Addams Family and the forthcoming The Spongebob Musical among stage adaptations of popular TV series.
“We are thrilled to be premiering Family Ties in the home state of the Keaton family,” said Michael Barra, president, Media & Entertainment at The Araca Group. “Family Ties is a timeless comedy featuring a close-knit American family with vastly differing interests and politics, which very much resonates in America today. And Danny is the ideal collaborator to bring these beloved characters and their stories to the stage. We are excited to develop new titles for markets beyond Broadway and the West End, and delighted that another production is coming to fruition.”
The adaptation will be a non-musical play and will draw from the entire series arc of the original program. After its premiere, the play will be published, and rights will be made available for productions around the world.
Priority seating will be provided to The Human Race Theatre’s season subscribers. Single tickets will go on sale in January 2017.
Here is a photo of the original TV cast: