A musical version of The Outsiders, based on both S.E. Hintons groundbreaking 1967 YA novel and Francis Ford Coppolas 1983 film version that introduced a generation of young actors who would dominate the screen for years to come, will make its world premiere next year at Chicagos Goodman Theatre.
Though there currently are no plans for the musical beyond Chicago, the productions creative team has significant ties to New York and Hollywood. The musicals book is written by Adam Rapp, whose plays have been staged at, among other venues, New York Theatre Workshop and Rattlestick Theatre, and his film and TV credits include The L Word, In Treatment and The Looming Tower.
The productions director, Liesl Tommy, directed Eclipsed starring Lupita Nyongo both Off- and on Broadway in 2015-16. Tommys upcoming film projects include the movie adaptation of Trevor Noahs Born a Crime and the planned Aretha Franklin biopic starring Jennifer Hudson. Choreographer Lorin Latarro is currently repped on Broadway with Waitress.
The Outsiders music and lyrics will be written by Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance, a nationally known Austin, Texas, duo who perform under the band name Jamestown Revival, and Justin Levine, whose credits include music supervision and orchestrations for the Broadway-bound Moulin Rouge!
The Outsiders will run at the Goodman from June 20-August 2, 2020.
The production was announced by Robert Falls, the Goodmans artist director, as part of the theaters 2019-20 season. The Outsiders will play on the Goodmans 856-seat Albert Theater main stage. Falls said the Alberts season will conclude “on a high note with the world premiere of a thrilling new musical,” and that Hintons “story of haves and have-nots that defined a generation is boldly told anew, for the next generation.”