Rebeck Snags Job Writing Showtime Pilot About New Broadway Musical

News   Rebeck Snags Job Writing Showtime Pilot About New Broadway Musical
Prolific writer Theresa Rebeck, known for her plays and TV screenwriting, will write the pilot episode for a scripted television series about the birth of a new musical, Variety reported.

The yet-untitled project, from Showtime and producers Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks TV's Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank, and Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, would chart the tensions of the creation of a new (fictional) Broadway musical. The final episode of the series would be a presentation of the full musical. Subsequent seasons would follow the creation of different shows.

As previously reported, a live version of the show-within-the-series might be developed for an appearance on Broadway, as well.

Rebeck is a Pulitzer Prize finalist whose plays include Broadway's Mauritius and Off-Broadway's Omnium Gatherum (co-written with Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros), Bad Dates, Spike Heels, The Understudy, Loose Knit, The Butterfly Collection, The Water's Edge, The Scene, Our House and more. Her TV writing work includes "NYPD Blue," "Law and Order: Criminal Intent" and more. She is also a novelist.

Zadan and Meron (Emmy Award-nominated producers behind TV's "Annie," "Cinderella," "The Reagans," "Me and My Shadows," "A Raisin the Sun," and Hollywood's "Hairspray" and "Chicago") are producing with Spielberg and DreamWorks TV.

As reported before, Tony Award-winning songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray, Catch Me If You Can) will write the songs for the series.

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