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‘Black Orpheus’ is Coming to Broadway

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The movie Black Orpheus, an Oscar-winning musical and classic Brazilian love story released in 1959, is headed to Broadway.

Pulitzer-winning playwright Lynn Nottage has signed on to write the script, and Tony winner George C. Wolfe is set to direct.

While lead producers Stephen Byrd, Alia Jones-Harvey and Paula Marie Black made the announcement Monday, they have yet to reveal the timeline for the production.

“We are so thrilled to bring this classic piece of Brazilian popular culture to life on stage. The World Cup is providing a wonderful international platform for Brazil right now, and we look forward to spotlighting this legacy on Broadway,” said Byrd.

Directed by Marcel Camus, the screen version was birthed from a play titled Orfeu de Conceicao. The French filmmaker reset Greek legends Orpheus and Eurydice in Rio de Janeiro during Carnival; his adaption won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and an Academy Award for best foreign-language film.

Watch the trailer from the big-screen version below.