Breaking News: They've Got Magic to Do! Craig Zadan and Neil Meron to Produce PIPPIN Film Adaptation
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are partnering with The Weinstein Company to take PIPPIN from the big top, to the big screen.
According to Deadline, the duo, coming off of the successful live staging of THE SOUND OF MUSIC on NBC, have signed on to produce the upcoming film adaptation of the hit musical, which scored the 'Best Revival' prize, among others, at this year's Tony Awards. Zadan and Meron also produced the 2002 film adaptation of CHICAGO alongside Harvey Weinstein, as well as HAIRSPRAY in 2007.
The revival of PIPPIN also recently recouped its $8.5 million investment.
With a book by Roger O. Hirson and music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, PIPPIN features music supervision and arrangements by Nadia DiGiallonardo, orchestrations by Tony Award winner Larry Hochman, scenic design by Tony Award winner Scott Pask, costume design by Tony Award nominee Dominique Lemieux, lighting design by Tony Award winner Kenneth Posner, sound design by Tony Award nominees Jonathan Deans and Garth Helm.
PIPPIN is the winner of four Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical, Best Actress in a Musical (Patina Miller) and Best Direction of a Musical (Diane Paulus). The show is also the recipient of four Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Revival of a Musical, Outstanding Director of a Musical (Diana Paulus) and Outstanding Choreography (Chet Walker and Gypsy Snider). The production also led the winners of the Outer Critics Circle Awards with seven wins including Outstanding Revival of a Musical, Outstanding Director of a Musical (Diane Paulus), Outstanding Choreographer (Chet Walker), Outstanding Lighting Design (Kenneth Posner), Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Patina Miller), Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical (Terrence Mann). PIPPIN received the Drama League Award for Outstanding Revival of a Musical and two Fred and Adele Astaire Awards including Outstanding Choreographer of a Broadway Show (Chet Walker) and Outstanding Female Dancer in a Broadway Show (Charlotte d'Amboise).
In the production, royal heir Pippin is spurred on by a mysterious group of performers to embark on a death-defying journey to find his "corner of the sky." The original production of PIPPIN, directed by Bob Fosse, premiered on Broadway in 1972. It won five Tony Awards and five Drama Desk Awards, and ran for close to 2000 performances before closing in 1977. This production of PIPPIN made its debut at American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) in Cambridge, MA, where Diane Paulus serves as Artistic Director; December 5, 2012 to January 20, 2013. PIPPIN is noted for many Broadway standards including "Corner of the Sky," "Magic To Do," "Glory," "No Time at All," "Morning Glow," and "Love Song."
Zadan and Meron served as executive producers for the 2012 Oscars, and will reprise their behind-the-scenes role for this year's broadcast as well. Their credits also include the features "Footloose" (2011) and "The Bucket List." Zadan also produced the original "Footloose" (1984). Zadan and Meron's work in television includes the series "SMASH" and such movies as "A Raisin in the Sun" and "Steel Magnolias." For Broadway, they recently produced the Tony Award winning revivals of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" and "Promises, Promises." Their work has amassed 73 Emmy nominations; 12 Tony nominations; and seven Grammy nominations.