Once on This Island may be coming to Disney+!
Following the recent success of Hamilton, Disney+ is working to bring the Broadway musical to the streaming service, THR reported Thursday (July 30).
Playwright Jocelyn Bioh is set to write, and Wanuri Kahiu is set to direct the adaptation of the award-winning 1990 musical that is based on the Rosa Guy novel, My Love, My Love; or, The Peasant Girl.
Marc Platt, the producer behind Broadway’s Wicked, is set to produce.
This production will be different, however: “As opposed to Hamilton, which was a recording of a stage performance, Island will be a more traditional adaptation. Disney’s live-action division is running point on the project,” the outlet reports.
Here’s a synopsis: “The story is set in the French Antilles in the Caribbean Sea and tells of a peasant girl who falls in love with an aristocrat. Against this backdrop, social class differences play out while the island gods wager a bet of what is stronger, love or death.”
The musical ran for a year, but continued to gain fans over the years with different stagings, including London’s West End in the mid-’90s, which garnered the Olivier Award for Best New Musical, as well as a 2017 Broadway revival, which garnered several Tony Award nominations and a win for Best Musical Revival.
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