Black Orpheus is heading to the Great White Way. The Rio de Janiero-set film, which won the Best Foreign Language Academy Award in 1960, is being adapted as a Broadway musical by heavy-hitters George C. Wolfe and Lynn Nottage. The former is a Tony-winning director and the latter a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer.
The original film, a retelling of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice in modern-day Rio, is credited with bringing the bossa nova craze to the United States. The story centers on a couple who fall in love during Carnevale and are forced to take a mystical journey to the underworld.
“We are so thrilled to bring this classic piece of Brazilian popular culture to life onstage,” the show’s producer Stephen Byrd said in a statement. “The World Cup is providing a wonderful international platform for Brazil right now, and we look forward to further spotlighting this legacy on Broadway.”
We know the music and art direction of the Broadway adaptation of this hedonistic tale will be a feast for the senses, and we can’t wait to see who might be cast in the leading roles.
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