Director-choreographer Kathleen Marshall is set to helm Sideways: The Musical, a musical adaptation of Rex Pickett’s novel about two forty-something friends as they travel through wine country. The previously announced production has a book by Pickett and a score by Anthony Leigh Adams.
Variety reports that almost 75 percent of the music is composed, with the book already finished. The musical adaptation is aiming for a spring or summer 2020 regional tryout before opening on Broadway.
Marshall has three Tony Awards for Best Choreography: the 2003 revival of Wonderful Town, the 2006 revival of The Pajama Game, and the 2011 revival of Anything Goes. She's also earned four Tony nominations as a director—for those three shows and 2012’s Nice Work If You Can Get It.
Sideways was adapted into an Oscar-winning film in 2004, starring Thomas Haden Church, Paul Giammati, Virginia Madsen, and Sandra Oh.