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Ingrid Michaelson's The Notebook Musical to Premiere in Chicago

The production will feature a book by Bekah Brunstetter.

Ingrid Michaelson is the songwriter behind The Notebook.
(© David Gordon)

Chicago Shakespeare Theatre will present the world premiere of Ingrid Michaelson and Bekah Brunstetter's new musical adaptation of Nicholas Sparks's The Notebook, running September 22-November 8. Michael Greif will direct.

A deeply moving portrait of the enduring power of love, The Notebook chronicles the decades-long love story between a mill worker named Noah and a privileged debutante named Allie. Beginning with a whirlwind summer romance in North Carolina in the 1940s, their love affair spans an entire lifetime — in spite of the differences that threaten to pull them apart. The world-premiere production will feature a diverse, multigenerational cast, reflecting the timeless and universal nature of the story. Casting is underway and will be announced at a later date.

Best known as a singer-songwriter, Michaelson made her Broadway debut as Sonya in Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812. In addition to being the playwright of The Cake, Brunstetter is a supervising producer and writer on NBC's This Is Us.

Published in 1996, The Notebook was adapted into a popular 2004 film starring Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, James Garner, and Gena Rowlands.

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