Brittany Goldfield Rodrigues
Move over, stage adaptions of children novels; the big boy thrillers are coming for you.
Children’s novels Matilda and Peter and the Starcatcher might have gotten the Broadway treatment, but now adult fiction is coming out to play. Actually, an adaptation of John Grisham’s A Time To Kill is set to hit the stage in the near future.
The show completed a successful run in 2011 at Washington, D.C.’s Arena Stage. The stage adaptation features a script by Rupert Holmes (The Mystery of Edwin Drood Musical) and direction by Ethan McSweeny (Gore Vidal’s The Best Man.)
The film adaptation of the novel is iconic, kick-starting the careers of big names like McConaughey and gave Sandra Bullock. Who knows, maybe some will want to reprise their classic roles.
“It was my first book and the first that I have allowed to be adapted for the theatre. Rupert Holmes did an excellent job of translating it from the page to the stage, and I am happy that not only my loyal readers, but a whole new audience will be able to experience this story in live theatre. I am looking forward to opening night on Broadway!” said John Grisham in a statement.
Additional members of the adaptations cast and crew will be announced in the future.
A Time to Kill is scheduled to open October 20, but will begin previews on September 28 at Broadway’s Golden Theatre.
Which of John Grisham’s other books would you like to see adapted for the great white way?