Director Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story) has provided some information on his planned Netflix production of A Chorus Line, which will be expanded out into a limited series. When the limited series version was announced, many people wondered how Murphy planned to break out the show over multiple episodes. A new interview with Deadline seems to have provided some answers.
Marvin Hamlisch wrote the music, Edward Kleban wrote the lyrics, and James Kirkwood Jr. and Nicholas Dante wrote the book for A Chorus Line, which premiered in 1975. It was directed by Michael Bennett and ran for over 6000 performances, making it the longest-running Broadway musical at the time (until that title was seized by Cats). It was turned into a film in 1985, starring Michael Douglas, but it was a box office flop, failing to cover its budget in the first few weeks of release.
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This time, Murphy appears to be adopting a very different strategy. He appears to be going in a meta-theatrical/meta-film/biopic direction with the upcoming project (which is still in its early stages), using interviews and tapes from Bennett on top of all of the show’s content: “Michael Bennett is my all-time favorite Broadway director, producer, everything.” Michael Bennett is the director, producer, or whatever you want to call him. So, it’ll be A Chorus Line, complete with all that lovely music and the question of “How did he make A Chorus Line?”
Bennett’s experiences in his New York office inspired Murphy, he said, with interviews and chats sparking inspiration for legendary melodies like “What I Did For Love.”
So expect a Fosse/Verdon-style experience coupled with a real musical picture, all wrapped up in a ten-part Netflix series – we’re excited to see more. Ryan Murphy is turning the 1975 Broadway musical “A Chorus Line” into a 10-part miniseries for Netflix, according to Time.
This follows the announcement that he will direct and produce a Netflix film adaptation of the musical “The Prom,” starring Meryl Streep (Dee Dee Allen), James Corden (Barry Glickman), Nicole Kidman (Angie Dickinson), and Andrew Rannels (Trent Oliver), as well as Awkwafina (Ms. Sheldon) and Keegan-Michael Key (Trent Oliver) (Principal Hawkins).
Murphy has recently wrapped filming on the Netflix adaptation of his Broadway revival “The Boys in the Band,” which he resurrected in 2018. The film will be directed by Joe Mantello (who also directed the theatrical revival), and sell stars Matt Bomer, Zachary Quinto, Jim Parsons, and Andrew Rannells.