The stage adaptation of the classic film Black Orpheus, which was previously reported to be eyeing Broadway in the 2013-14 season, has announced that the musical will feature a book by Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage and be directed by Tony winner George C. Wolfe. The show is aiming to make its world premiere on the Great White Way. No word yet on theater, dates or cast.
Originally based on the play Orfeu de Conceição by Moraes, Black Orpheus resets the classic Greek love story of Eurydice and Orfeu against the backdrop of a Rio de Janeiro favela during Carnival. The score will feature many of the Antonio Carlos Jobim, Luiz Bonfa, and Vinicius de Moraes themes from the movie.
Black Orpheus won the Cannes Palme d'Or and the 1959 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and introduced the world to Bossa Nova.
Check out the original trailer for Black Orpheus below.