August 9th, 2011
10:12 AM ET
Plans are underway to bring "The King's Speech" to Broadway.
Producer Michael Alden said the current goal is to launch the stage rendering in U.K. regional theater in the winter of 2012, then move to London's West End and before opening on Broadway in the fall.
None of the actors from the film are slated to reprise their roles in the play, which calls for nine cast members, Alden said.
"We talked about that early on, but it wouldn't serve them," Alden said. "You're really looking for actors to come and breathe new life into the characters, themselves. It's always great to see what a new actor will bring to a role."
Unlike other movies that have recently made their way to the stage, "The King's Speech" will be less of an adaptation (no stuttering musical numbers) and more of an alternative presentation.
David Seidler, who won an Academy Award for best original screenplay, had already authored a stage version of "King's Speech," Alden said. The script version of the story differs from the screenplay and spends more time addressing the history and the politics surrounding King Edward VIII's abdication and the subsequent ascension to the throne of his brother, the shy, unpolished, stuttering King George VI.
"The play delves a little bit more into some of the political backdrop of the time," Alden said.
Adrian Noble, who directed the 2005 Broadway production of "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," will direct.
Alden's previous credits include "Grey Gardens," a musical adaptation of the 1975 documentary about two of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' relatives who lived for years as recluses in a Long Island mansion.
It snagged the Tony awards for best actress and supporting actress in a musical. It was also nominated for best musical, but lost out to "Spring Awakening," the behemoth hit that put "Glee's" Lea Michele on the map.
Alden also produced "Bat Boy: The Musical," which is inspired by a Weekly World News article about a half-boy, half-bat hybrid and has developed something of a cult following. Alden said he finds the stories of misfits and underdogs particularly compelling.
"The first thing that attracts me, no matter what level of society [the character is in] is the misunderstood outsider," Alden said.
Alden's next announcement will be casting, he said, though there is no word yet on when that announcement will come or what names it may include.
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