Woodstock Musical, Based on Lang's Memoir, Aiming for Broadway in 2010-2011

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The New York Times reports that Michael Lang, one of the producers of the famed Woodstock Music and Arts Festival, is currently at work on a Broadway musical that will utilize elements of his memoir, "The Road to Woodstock," which was co-written with Holly George-Warren.
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Jonathan Groff in "Taking Woodstock" Photo by Focus Features

Lang, who is also featured in the new film "Taking Woodstock" — he is portrayed by Spring Awakening's Jonathan Groff — told the Times, "We've been thinking about a Broadway version of the experience for years, but writing the memoir really brought it into focus for me." The untitled musical is aiming for a bow during the 2010-2011 Broadway season. Samuel G. Nappi, the chief executive of Alliance Energy in New York, will co-produce the work with Lang.

Lang told the New York paper that the musical will focus on how Woodstock affected the people who attended the legendary event. "So many people have always expressed how Woodstock changed their lives, and I thought there's really something about that experience that was life-changing," Lang explained. "The music is still wonderful and the era is fascinating — so much happened that summer — that I thought it was great material."

Lang expects the musical will feature the work of many of those who performed at Woodstock. He has also reached out to some of the surviving artists to pen original material for the production.

Director and other creative team members have yet to be announced.

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