From Here to Eternity, Musical Version of the Novel, to Open at West End's Shaftesbury Theatre in October 2013
By Mark Shenton
From Here to Eternity, a new musical version of the 1951 novel that is best known for the multiple Oscar-winning film version of the same name made two years later, is to be staged at the West End's Shaftesbury Theatre. It will begin performances Sept. 30, 2013, prior to an official opening Oct. 23.
The writing team includes Tim Rice as lyricist, with music by Stuart Brayson and a book by Bill Oakes. It will be directed by Tamara Harvey, and produced by Tim Rice and Lee Menzies for Eternity Productions Limited.
According to press materials, it tells a story of passion and honor, which takes place on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, in 1941, shortly before and during the Pearl Harbor attack of Dec. 7 that year.
Published in 1951, "From Here To Eternity" was James Jones' début novel. It won him the National Book Award for fiction in 1952. It is loosely based on his own experiences in the pre-World War II Hawaiian Division's 27th Infantry and the unit in which he served. The 1953 film and subsequent TV mini-series were adapted from the novel. The film, directed by Fred Zinnemann, starred Burt Lancaster, Frank Sinatra, Montgomery Clift, Ernest Borgnine, Deborah Kerr and Donna Reed. It won 8 Academy Awards out of 13 nominations.
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