Crazy Rich Asians musical adaptation officially in the works

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Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures has revealed plans to transform the 2018 blockbuster film Crazy Rich Asians into a musical.

The romantic comedy, originally a book by Kevin Kwan, will be directed by Jon M. Chu, marking his debut in stage direction.

While the date for its world premiere remains undisclosed, there is anticipation for a pre-Broadway showing soon.

The upcoming musical is set to showcase a score by Helen Park, a Tony-nominated composer known for her work in KPOP. Leah Nanako Winkler, celebrated for her involvement in Schmigadoon!, will write the book, while the lyrics will be penned by Tony nominee Amanda Green (Hands On A Hardbody) and Singaporean songwriter Tat Tong.

Jon M. Chu directed the original film and is currently working on a two-part big screen adaptation of Wicked. He also previously helmed In The Height’s movie adaptation.

The narrative centres on Rachel Chu as she visits Singapore to meet her boyfriend Nick Young’s family. Unbeknownst to her, she discovers the vast wealth of Nick’s family and faces the ensuing class conflicts.

Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, managed by Mark Kaufman, will produce the musical. The company is also behind other adaptations like Beetlejuice, The Notebook, and The Outsiders.

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About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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