Well, this is a bit different. According to a new report, Apple Original Films has picked up the filmed production of a hit Broadway musical — and it’s coming soon to Apple TV+.
That’s according to Deadline, which reports today that Apple Original Films has nabbed the rights for the filmed production of the hit Broadway musical Come From Away. This is a Tony-winning show, and the filmed production of the stage play will be helmed by Christopher Ashley.
The story is a robust one, with Come From Away telling the true story of thousands of “stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them”.
The original report notes that the upcoming production, the one that will be filmed and released on Apple TV+, will take place sometime this May in New York City. The event will employ more than 200 individuals, while the feature itself will include cast from the original Broadway production. However, additional casting will also take place.
Come From Away is expected to launch on Apple TV+ later this year.
The other gritty details from the original report:
Ashley received the Tony Award for his direction of the Broadway musical, with choreography by Tony nominee and Olivier Award winner Kelly Devine and music supervision by Olivier Award winner and Grammy Award nominee Ian Eisendrath. Original book, music and lyrics were written by Tony nominees and Olivier Award winners Irene Sankoff and David Hein, who will also serve as EPs alongside RadicalMedia’s Jon Kamen, Dave Sirulnick and Meredith Bennett. Jennifer Todd and Bill Condon are also producing alongside the original stage producers, Junkyard Dog Productions, as well as Mark Gordon. Brittany Hapner will serve as a co-producer. Laurel Thomson will serve as EP for eOne. Alchemy Production group will provide stage production and general management. RadicalMedia (Hamilton, David Byrne’s American Utopia) will film the production.
Come From Away was seeing shows across the globe before the COVID-19 pandemic shut that down. So for the folks who were looking forward to catching this production on the stage, seeing it on Apple TV+ may be the best bet for now.
This is the first time Apple TV+ has secured itself a Broadway production, but it probably won’t be the last.