Written by By Maureen Harper, CNN
It’s a moment that will forever be etched into the beloved storytelling tradition — and of course, to the hearts of millions of children who fell in love with the charming French short story “The Little Prince.”
While fans of the story have been waiting for news of a Broadway play for decades, Now, with help from “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, it seems the time has finally come.
The production will be based on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s beloved children’s story, which was first published in French in 1943. The play will tell the story from the little girl’s perspective, bringing new intrigue and magic to the beloved story of an adrift pilot whose first impressions of a futuristic world lead him to believe it may be full of abandoned children.
It’s set to star an all-female cast and will be choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, best known for his work on “American Ballet Theatre,” including “Swan Lake,” “Giselle” and “Apollo.”
“I read [the book] every night for the first three years of my life and has remained one of my favorite books ever since,” Miranda, who has long shared his appreciation for the world of children’s literature and has wrote several children’s books of his own, wrote in a statement announcing the project.
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The show will be a collaboration between Miranda, bestselling children’s author and illustrator Norton Juster, and renowned children’s publisher Penguin Random House, who was recently purchased by Penguin Random House subsidiary Penguin Random House Children’s Group .
Juster, whose book is the first in a series of children’s books called “The Lorax,” based on an Oscar-winning film, will write the book’s story, while audiovisual artist Daniel Arsham (known for his work with Beyoncé and JAY-Z) will compose a score. The production will be directed by Phyllida Lloyd (“Mamma Mia!”), a filmmaker who last year won an Olivier Award and BAFTA in London for her production of “Mary Poppins Returns,” which starred Emily Blunt.
Juster told publishers Random House Children’s Group that he had wanted to adapt the story since he first read it when he was a child.
“It is a universal story that has remained timeless and always intriguing to me,” he said. “I hope that this imaginative work will be seen in a variety of settings as well as films.”
“I’m very excited to be part of this project,” said Arsham. “It’s a brilliant idea, and I can’t wait to work with my colleagues to bring it to life for our young audiences.”
“The Little Prince,” which will debut on Broadway in September of 2019, will be produced by Brian Yorkey, writer of the musical “Next to Normal” and the screenplay for the film “Thirteen” (for which he was nominated for an Oscar).
As far as location, the show will be staged on Broadway’s Great White Way at the Cort Theatre, and will run for around four months.