A musical version of the 2007 Nick Hornby novel Slam is currently in development, aiming for a debut during the 2020-2021 Broadway season.
Pro-skater Tony Hawk, who is featured as a character in the novel, is a producer on the project and is slated to develop skate choreography. The musical will also feature a book by Tony nominee Kyle Jarrow (SpongeBob SquarePants) with music and lyrics by film composer Mark Mothersbaugh, who is the co-founder of new wave band Devo.
The coming-of-age story concerns 17-year-old Sam, a kid from a troubled background who finds refuge and hope in the world of skateboarding. When he falls in love for the first time, it seems like everything’s looking up, until his girlfriend becomes pregnant. While navigating his way through adulthood, he finds guidance through imagined conversations with his idol, Tony Hawk.
Jarrow’s theatre pieces also include A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant, The Wildness, Armless, Whisper House, Hostage Song, The Consequences, Love Kills, Trigger, and Gorilla Man.
Producers also include Anita Greenspan and executive producer Adam Zotovich.