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The Notebook musical to open on Broadway

The musical is based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks

Three couples of different ages on a stage
A scene from the Chicago Shakespeare Theater production of The Notebook, © Liz Lauren

The Notebook, a new musical based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks, will have its Broadway premiere next February at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. Press night is scheduled for 14 March 2023.

The 1996 novel follows the decades-long romance of Allie and Noah; the musical, which premiered at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, casts three different actors to play the two roles at different stages of life. The Chicago company was headed by Tony Award winner Maryann Plunkett as Older Allie, with Joy Woods as Middle Allie and Jordan Tyson as Younger Allie, with John Beasley as Older Noah, Ryan Vasquez as Middle Noah, and John Cardoza as Younger Noah. Beasley passed away at the age of 79 in May 2023.

Featuring a score by Ingrid Michaelson and book by Bekah Brunstetter, The Notebook is co-directed by Michael Greif and Schele Williams, with choreography by Katie Spelman. The production will have scenic design by David Zinn and Brett J Banakis, costume design by Paloma Young, lighting design by Ben Stanton, sound design by Nevin Steinberg, and hair and wig design by Mia Neal. The music supervisor is Carmel Dean, who also collaborated on arrangements with Michaelson and on orchestrations with John Clancy, and the music director is Geoffrey Ko.

Full casting for the Broadway run is still to be announced. Of the Chicago mounting, our sister site critic called The Notebook an “earnest, deeply romantic tear-jerker.

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