Paul McCartney moves into musicals with adaptation of It’s a Wonderful Life
Paul McCartney is writing his first musical, which is a stage adaptation of 1946 film It’s a Wonderful Life.
The former Beatles member is co-writing the lyrics for the musical with Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall, who is also responsible for the book.
Bill Kenwright, who attended the same secondary school as McCartney in Liverpool, is producing the show.
McCartney said: “Like many of these things this all started with an email; Bill had asked if it was something I might be up for.
“Writing a musical is not something that had ever really appealed to me but Bill and I met up with Lee Hall and had a chat and I found myself thinking this could be interesting and fun. It’s A Wonderful Life is a universal story we can all relate to.”
Frank Capra’s film, which is based on Philip Van Doren Stern’s short story The Greatest Gift, is about a suicidal man who is visited by a guardian angel.
It’s a Wonderful Life is set to launch in 2020, with further details to be announced.
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