Paul McCartney Is Scoring The Theater Production Of 'It's A Wonderful Life'
By Katrina Nattress
July 19, 2019
Paul McCartney is adding something else to his already impressive resume: he's scoring the stage musical adaptation of Frank Capra's 1946 film It's a Wonderful Life. The theater production is slated to premiere at the end of next year, though it has yet to be revealed if it will debut in London, New York, or elsewhere.
This will be the former Beatle's first musical — something he never saw himself working on, until he chatted with theater producer Bill Kenwright.
“Like many of these things, this all started with an email,” McCartney told The Guardian. “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 [writer] Lee Hall and had a chat and I found myself thinking this could be interesting and fun.”
Hall, who is writing the script, is best known for writing Billy Elliot and this year's Elton John biopic Rocketman.
Kenwright described working with McCartney as "a dream realized." He's praised the demos he's heard, declaring that they have “exceeded expectations … The songs take you somewhere you don’t expect to go. They sound simple – but it’s deceptive. That’s Paul’s genius.”
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