with hamilton when Disney + is a refugee sensation, The Hollywood Reporter learned that the streaming service is working to bring another Broadway musical to the screen.
Playwright Jocelyn Bioh and director Wanuri Kahiu are developing Once on this island, a feature adaptation of a 1990 Broadway musical based on the novel Rosa Guy, My love, my love; or, Peasant girl.
Marc Platt, Broadway producer bad as well as movies from Legal blonde on the La La Land, produces.
Unlike hamilton, which was the recording of the stage performance, the island will be a more traditional adaptation. Disney’s live division is a common point in the project.
The story takes place in the French Antilles in the Caribbean Sea and tells the story of a peasant girl who falls in love with an aristocrat. Against this background, differences in social classes take place, while the gods of the islands build on love that is stronger, love or death.
The one-off musical lasted only a year, but a zealous follower quickly developed and continued to burn its flames. Production in London̵7;s West End in the mid-1990s won the Olivier Award for Best New Musical, while in 2017 Broadway Revival brought several Tony Award nominations and a victory for Best Musical Revival. Lynn Ahrens wrote the lyrics and the book while the music was composed by Stephen Flaherty.
Bioh is an excellent playwright known for off-Broadway School girls; or African mean girls playing, as well as Nollywood DreamsHer original musical goddess is on her way to a world premiere at the Berkeley Rep in the spring of 2021, followed by a running track. Bioh also recently co-founded the Black Women digital platform on Broadway with Amber Iman and Danielle Brooks, along with Amber Iman and Danielle Brooks. Americanah, starring Lupita Nyong’o. She previously wrote for the Spike Lee’s Netflix series It must have and Netflix Tour Russian doll.
Kahiu is a Kenyan filmmaker who wrote and directed the LGBTQ film a friend, which made history in 2018 as the first Kenyan film to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival, although the film was banned in its home country due to its theme. Other credits include the African films From Whisper and Pumzi. The author of the film, who co-founded the African art group Afrobubblegum, is developing an adaptation of the novel YA The jellyfish thing which has Millie Bobby Brown attached to the stars and is set to Universal.
Bioh is a UTA reptile and lawyer Nina Shaw. Kahiu is represented by CAA and Gotham Group.
This article originally appeared on THR.com.