Director-choreographer Kathleen Marshall, singer-songwriter John Mellencamp, and playwright Naomi Wallace are collaborating on an original, currently untitled musical.
Three-time Tony winner Marshall (Anything Goes, Wonderful Town, The Pajama Game) will direct the musical, which features a score of song from the catalog of Grammy winner Mellencamp (“Jack & Diane,” “Small Town”) and a book by Wallace (In the Heart of America, One Flea Spare), a Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and Obie winner.
The new musical concerns the American dream and the men and women on its underside in small towns around America. It's a tale about star-crossed lovers and their refusal to give up, to lie down, to let go of the potential their youthful dreams once promised. This is also a story about a town in free-fall and the tough choices people make, not always in their best interests.
Republic Records, Federal Films, and Universal Music Theatrical are behind the project.
Additional news will be announced in the fall.