N—The Queen of Paris will premiere at the Elgin Theatre in Toronto in September 2015, followed by its U.S. premiere in Chicago at Broadway In Chicago's Bank of America Theatre, a Nederlander company, starting November 2015. The musical is scheduled to open on Broadway in March 2016.
Ella Louise Allaire and Martin Lord Ferguson will co-direct N—The Queen of Paris — which promises "gaslight glimpses into the backstage world of Parisian theaters, 'Joie de vivre' and courtesans' salons" — and have developed the show's book, music and lyrics.
Joining Allaire and Ferguson on the creative team is set and prop designer Michael Curry ( The Lion King).
"I have been immersed in the world of 'Nana' ever since I first read the novel as a student," said Allaire in a statement. "Although the book is set in the Second Empire, when the boulevards, cafés and nightlife of modern Paris were just being born, I felt an instant bond with its figure of a fascinating young street singer determined to rise in the world. Nana to me is in many ways a very modern woman. Martin and I now want to bring her to life as a character who is of our time, and yet remains magically surrounded by the fabulous, legendary Paris of years past."
Curry added, "As I allowed myself to consider what the world of N—The Queen of Paris might look like, I was drawn toward the French painting of Zola's own time, which was simply the strongest era of artistic expression the world has ever known. The production design is a contemporary variation that lives in harmony with the sophistication and epic vision of the great Impressionists. Our audiences will be reminded of that period but treated to a new and transformative world of beauty and excitement on our stage." The complete creative team, casting, venues and schedule will be announced at a later date.
For more information and a musical preview, visit NTheMusical.com.