On July 7 it was announced that a new musical stage adaptation of the classic film Black Orpheus is being readied for Broadway with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and recent addition to the School of the Arts Theatre Program faculty, Lynn Nottage, writing the book and celebrated stage veteran George C. Wolfe directing.
Based on Vinicius de Moraes's play Orfeu de Concceicao, the 1959 film set the story of doomed lovers Orpheus and Eurydice in Rio de Janeiro during Carnival, and earned an Oscar for foreign language film.
Nottage's previous plays include By the Way, Meet Vera Stark (Lily Award, Drama Desk Nomination); Ruined (Pulitzer Prize, OBIE, Lucille Lortel, New York Drama Critics’ Circle, Audelco, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Award); Intimate Apparel (American Theatre Critics and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards for Best Play); Fabulation, or The Re-Education of Undine (OBIE Award); Crumbs from the Table of Joy; Las Meninas; Mud, River, Stone; Por’knockers; and POOF!.
In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, Nottage is the recipient of a MacArthur "Genius Grant" Fellowship, Steinberg "Mimi" Distinguished Playwright Award, the Dramatists Guild Hull-Warriner Award, the inaugural Horton Foote Prize, Helen Hayes Award, the Lee Reynolds Award and the Jewish World Watch iWitness Award.
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