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    Producer Bill Weiner just acquired the theatrical stage rights to the beloved 1995 cult film Empire Records, with plans to adapt the story for the Broadway stage as a musical. The film’s original screenwriter Carol Heikkinen will adapt her script for the stage, with new music and lyrics by Zoe Sarnak. Empire Records is targeting a 2020 premiere, in celebration of the film’s 25th anniversary.
    https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Musical-Adaptation-of-EMPIRE-RECORDS-Is-In-the-Works-20180406

    I remember hearing about this movie because (at least part of) it was actually filmed in my current state of residence, North Carolina.

    *I know Alex Meyer already posted this news in the Casting Notes thread, but I didn’t think that was the right place for it.

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    adamunc
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    Funny, I have never heard of this “beloved classic”.

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    Jw79bull
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    So am I the only who thought FOX was taking the show “Empire” to Broadway…

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    Alex Meyer
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    Funny, I have never heard of this “beloved classic”.

    I’m a big film buff who has still never seen it.

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    Alex Meyer
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    So am I the only who thought FOX was taking the show “Empire” to Broadway…

    If that were the case, it’d probably make a lot more money at the box office. Shows based on smaller films don’t usually make money, unless you have high-name talent like Harvey Fierstein and Cyndi Lauper attached in the case of Kinky Boots.

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    Jeffrey Kare
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    We’ve also seen small films like Once and The Band’s Visit become financially successful Broadway musicals.

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    Empire Records was one of my favorite movies growing up. It was Liv Tyler’s breakout role. The soundtrack and songs featured in the movie became big hits, the biggest hit being “Til I Hear It from You” by Gin Blossoms. I’d rather it feature these songs than new original ones.

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