A musical version of "Sleepless in Seattle" the hit 1993 film starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan that garnered two Academy Award nominations is currently in development.
Producer David Shor is developing Sleepless in Seattle The Musical through his entity Sleepless in Seattle Management, LLC.
Jeff Arch, who penned the film's original story and co-wrote the Oscar-nominated screen play with Nora Ephron and David Ward, will write the musical's libretto. Sleepless will also boast a score by composer/lyricist Leslie Bricusse (Stop the WorldI Want to Get Off, Jekyll & Hyde, Victor/Victoria) and orchestrations/arrangements by Ian Fraser. Eighteen songs have already been written for the musical.
Joel Zwick who helmed the mammoth hit "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" will direct.
The producers are aiming for a reading in May 2009 with an official opening at a venue to be announced in early 2010.
In a statement producer Shor said, "We are thrilled to have finally secured the theatrical rights and are grateful to so many people, including Tom Hanks, for helping to facilitate the process. . . . This is a timeless romantic comedy that lends itself to stage production, and having one of the film's original writers involved someone who has lived these characters for many years will help us bring it to life in an authentic way."
Sleepless in Seattle The Musical, according to press notes, "will remain pegged to 1993, reflecting the culture, fashions and music of the era."