If I could pick a young adult novel most suited to musical theater, I'd have a hard time coming up with a pick better than Leila Sales' funny, vibrant This Song Will Save Your Life. And clearly I have the taste of some of the most respected producers in the theater industry, because Tony award-winner Kevin McCollum, of Rent and Avenue Q, and TV producer Michael Novick, one of the original producers of Glee (you know, back when it was amazing) have optioned a This Song Will Save Your Life stage adaptation. Though there's no direct confirmation that it will be a musical theater production, I mean, come on. Of course it will be. And bonus: It's optioned for a movie version, too.
This Song Will Save Your Life centers on teenage misfit Elise Dembowski who finds a place to call her own when she stumbles across a warehouse party and discovers her passion for underground rock DJing. She's accepted into this musical world by her new pals Vicky, Char, and Pippa, who share this love of making and listening to music. Elise finds that while she may be socially awkward, she can express herself the best through the music she plays.
Think: a little bit of Drew Barrymore's Whip It mixed up with some killer indie rock music. I know, it's going to be amazing.
McCollum said the following in a statement about why he chose to adapt Sales' novel:
I've always been most attracted to completely original stories that illustrate the human condition and the way in which we create our own families ... We were drawn to Leila's beautiful and inspiring story because we thought the journey of the main character was compelling, and the way she weaves her story and the songs together is unique — a story tailor-made for both the stage and the screen.
Sales and her publishing team have already created a Spotify playlist for This Song Will Save Your Life, which could give some hints into the music the theater adaptation would include. The playlist ranges from classics like Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" and The Who's "Baba O'Riley" to Pulp, The Velvet Underground, The Jam, The Strokes, Blur, The Smiths, Jens Lekman, and more recent indie rock. (Dear producers, Can we get some Haim in there?)
Sales is also releasing a new young adult novel this year titled Tonight The Streets Are Ours, so basically 2015 is a banner year for Leila.
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