Broadway fans, rejoice: "Pippin" is set to get a movie adaptation.
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Deadline reports that Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the pair behind Oscar-winning musical turned movie-musical "Chicago," will produce the project, based on the 1972 Tony winner about a young prince searching for meaning in his life. Zadan and Meron will re-team with Harvey Weinstein, who also produced "Chicago, for the adaptation.
"Pippin" was written by Roger O. Hirson with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz ("Godspell," "Wicked"). Directed by Broadway legend Bob Fosse, it was a smash when it debuted in the '70s, winning five Tony awards. Its recent return to Broadway snagged four additional Tonys at this year's ceremony, including Best Revival.
Zadan and Meron are also enjoying some recent success, thanks to their popular live staging of "The Sound of Music" on NBC, which pulled in the network's highest non-sports ratings in years. They also produced the 2013 Oscar telecast, and are set to produce the 2014 telecast as well.
Here's hoping this creative team can keep "Pippin"'s spark alive on the big screen.