Will Liberace Film "Behind the Candelabra" Light Up Broadway?
26 Jun 2013
Jerry Weintraub, who produced the 2013 HBO film "Behind the Candelabra," about the life of pianist Liberace and his secret affair with Scott Thorson, plans to adapt the piece into a Broadway musical.
According to the New York Post, Weintraub has Tony Award winner Hugh Jackman in mind for the project, although no director or writer are attached.
"Behind the Candelabra," which starred Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival May 21 and aired on HBO May 26. The film was adapted from Thorson's memoir "Behind the Candelabra: My Life With Liberace" by Richard LaGravenese, who is directing the upcoming film adaptation of The Last Five Years, and featured music by the late Marvin Hamlisch.
No official announcement about a Broadway production has been made.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.