There are three things that every Nicholas Sparks book must include. Someone must fall in love, someone must die, and everyone reading the book must cry. We don’t make the rules, we just follow them. Sparks is at his Sparkest in his 1996 book The Notebook, which was turned into one of the greatest on-screen love stories in the 2004 film adaptation starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. Now the tearjerker love story is making its way to Broadway and has found a way to make the story even more emotional. The play will feature music by Ingrid Michaelson (come on) and be adapted for the stage by Bekah Brunstetter, a writer for This Is Us (that’s too much).
Michaelson announced the news on The Today Show on Thursday, revealing that the play had been in the works for about a year and a half.
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Michaelson told EW that she was in tears when first asked to write for The Notebook, which means she’s definitely qualified. “When I was approached about working on The Notebook I had to excuse myself and go to the bathroom and cry and come back into the meeting,” said Michaelson. “I have loved the movie and the story for so many years now that the idea of turning it into a musical overwhelmed me. The concept of unending devotion and love wrapped up in memory and family is something very close to my own personal life…I cannot wait for the world to hear these characters come to life in a musical way.”
To recap, the story about two people who fall in love, get separated for years, and then spend their lives together before dying in the same bed (spoiler, but you had a decade) is now going to be made into a musical. The music will be written by Ingrid Michaelson, who makes us sob with her beautiful voice and lyrics every winter.
And the words will be a combination of Nicholas Sparks, who has literally made millions of people weep…
…and This Is Us writer Bekah Brunstetter, who has literally made millions of people weep.
We’re not sure if we can handle watching The Notebook on Broadway, but we also aren’t sure if we can handle not watching The Notebook on Broadway. It’s a real Noah versus Lon situation.
Michaelson said that roles have not yet been cast, but Ryan Gosling took home a Golden Globe for singing and dancing in La La Land, so we nominate Ryan Gosling for the role of Noah. Groundbreaking, we know. Rachel McAdams doesn’t really sing, but someone who does is Mandy Moore. She stars in This Is Us and has already made us cry in a Nicholas Sparks film adaptation, so it’s like it’s meant to be. Like Noah and Ally…or Landon and Jamie. Either will make you cry.
Michaelson hasn’t confirmed what scenes will feature original songs, but we’re already excited to hear “If I’m A Bird You’re A Bird.” It’s gonna be a jam.