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Paul McCartney’s First Stage Musical Is an Adaptation of a Beloved U.S. Film

Jul 18, 2019  •  Post A Comment

Former Beatle Paul McCartney is writing his first stage musical — an adaptation of the perennial holiday classic “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

The AP reports that McCartney is collaborating with “Billy Elliot” playwright Lee Hall and West End producer Bill Kenwright.

“McCartney said he’d never considered writing a musical, but after meeting Kenwright and Hall three years ago, ‘found myself thinking this could be interesting and fun,'” the  AP reports, adding: “Hall said McCartney’s ‘wit, emotional honesty and melodic brilliance brings a whole new depth and breadth to the classic tale.’”

The Frank Capra film from 1946, which stars James Stewart and Donna Reed, is a television staple during the holidays. The new Broadway adaptation is targeted for a late 2020 launch.

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