No need to wonder anymore about what the next movie-to-Broadway-musical will be. It’s Wonder, that film with Julia Roberts and Jacob Tremblay that sought to make theater-goers weep their hearts out. Now it’s trying to bring the waterworks for a different crop of theater-goers.
On Tuesday, Lionsgate announced author R.J. Palacio, who penned the original book on which the film is based, is bringing Wonder to the stage with Tony-winning producer Jill Furman (In the Heights, The Drowsy Chaperone).
Furman will serve as lead producer on the production, which centers on Auggie Pullman, “a boy born with facial differences who can’t blend in because he was born to stand out.”
“I am beyond happy and grateful that Wonder is being adapted for theatre by this incredible team,” Palacio said in a statement. “What I’ve always loved the most about musical theatre is its timelessness, its ability to resonate around the world and across generations. That Wonder and its message of kindness is to become part of that canon for the ages is, quite literally, a dream come true.”
This is now the second Broadway-bound musical from Lionsgate, which released the film Wonder in 2017 and earned more than $300 million worldwide from it. The studio is also bringing the TV series Nashville to the stage as a musical with another Tony winner, Scott Delma, as producer.
In her own statement, Furman said she “wept through the movie” version of Wonder. Perhaps this means the Playbills will come with tissues.