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Mystic Pizza to become a musical with songs by Melissa Etheridge

January 22nd, 2019

Fire up that pizza oven — Mystic Pizza is getting the stage musical treatment.

On Tuesday, Lively McCabe Entertainment announced it is developing a musical stage adaptation of the 1988 romantic comedy Mystic Pizza. Gordon Greenberg (Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn) and Sas Goldberg (Significant Other) will pen the book, based on Amy Holden Jones’ story and characters.

The musical, the latest in a list of stage adaptations based on beloved movie properties, will also boast some serious musical credentials with Oscar and Grammy winning artist Melissa Etheridge attached to provide the music and lyrics. Greenberg will also direct.

“MGM’s Mystic Pizza is a seminal film for an entire generation of young people looking to distinguish themselves in a rapidly changing world,” said Greenberg in a statement. “Adapting Amy Holden Jones’ original screenplay for the stage with rock icon Melissa Etheridge, a beacon of strength and raw musical energy, and the brilliantly hilarious Sas Goldberg, is a dream collaboration on a story that is as relevant today as it was when we all first experienced it. Featuring three strong young women at its core, and set in a community of immigrants dealing with traditionally limited expectations amid shifting class dynamics, it provides us with sparkly characters and a highly compelling world.”

The 1988 cult classic launched the careers of movie stars Julia Roberts and Matt Damon. It follows three young women’s coming-of-age as they work as waitresses in a local pizza parlor in Mystic, Connecticut. The women struggle to define themselves beyond their families and love interests as they grapple with a local class structure that divides the immigrant working class from the country club set.

Further production plans and additional members of the creative team, including cast, are still to be announced.

Read more at Entertainment Weekly