New musical adaptation of Black Swan in the works

Black Swan

A new musical, inspired by the critically acclaimed film Black Swan, is set to begin casting this month for a highly anticipated summer workshop.

The workshop, taking place in New York City from July 1 to July 20, aims to bring the haunting beauty and intense drama of the original film to the stage.

Casting notices have revealed that the production team is on the hunt for talented singers and dancers, with a special call for a principal actor to fill the shoes of Finn. Additionally, submissions for stage managers are currently being accepted, signaling the production’s move from conception to reality.

The workshop will be directed and choreographed Sonya Tayeh, known for her work on Moulin Rouge! The music and lyrics will be provided by Dave Malloy, a Tony Award-nominee celebrated for his compositions in Great Comet and Moby Dick, while the book comes from the Jen Silverman (Witch).

Behind this ambitious project are powerhouse producers including Broadway’s own Kevin McCollum, the American Repertory Theater, and Darren Aronofsky, the film’s original Academy Award-nominated director

Darren Aronofsky hinted at the project’s development in a 2022 interview with AV Club, stating, “We’re trying to do the Black Swan musical.” When prodded about the possibility of a Broadway run, he cautiously added, “We’ll see what happens. But we’re working on it.”

Black Swan stands as a masterpiece of psychological thriller cinema, starring Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis as rival ballet dancers locked in a fierce competition that spirals into darkness.

Portman’s portrayal of Nina Sayers, a ballet dancer whose obsession with perfection leads her down a perilous path, earned her an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and a Screen Actors Guild Award. The film, celebrated for its artistry and storytelling, also features performances by Barbara Hershey, Winona Ryder, and Vincent Cassel.

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