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Wednesday 22 January 2020

Bond supremo Broccoli takes Dublin musical to Broadway

Cast from the film Sing Street. Now the show is heading for Broadway
Cast from the film Sing Street. Now the show is heading for Broadway

The coming-of-age Irish film Sing Street is heading for the New York stage.

Entertainment bible the Hollywood Reporter said Bond franchise supremo Barbara Broccoli is bringing the hit Dublin musical to Broadway.

It is the second film by John Carney to hit the New York theatre district after Once became a huge hit.

Sing Street, adapted from Carney's semi-autobiographical 2016 screen comedy, will transfer to Broadway's Lyceum Theatre in the spring.

The Golden Globe-nominated film, set in 1980s Dublin, centres on a troubled teenager who forms a band with his schoolmates.

Transformers star Jack Reynor, Game Of Thrones actor Aidan Gillen and The Commitments actress Maria Doyle Kennedy had starring roles.

Sing Street had its world premiere on December 16 at New York Theatre Workshop and concludes its sold-out extended run on January 26.

"It is the same downtown venue that gave Once its pre-Broadway start as well as providing the off-Broadway launchpad," said the Hollywood Reporter.

The publication said Broccoli, who controls the James Bond empire, leads the producing team on the transfer of Sing Street, which begins previews on March 26 ahead of an April 19 opening.

The show is reportedly being capitalised at $11m (€9.9m), a relatively modest sum for Broadway.

Sing Street centres on 16-year-old Conor, whose Dublin family have fallen on hard times, forcing them to move him from private school to the Christian Brothers.

He clashes with the strict headmaster, but finds an escape by starting a band, primarily to impress an aspiring model with a troubled home life.

Nostalgia

The production is steeped in nostalgia for the New Wave Brit sounds of the era that spawned groups including Duran Duran and Spandau Ballet.

The musical is set to "bring Irish romance and 80s music to Broadway", the New York Times said.

The Hollywood Reporter said Once recouped its modest $5.5m (€4.95m) investment in 21 weeks, thanks to momentum fuelled by rave reviews and awards.

The musical, which won eight Tonys, went on to gross $110m (€99m).

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