The 2009 John Lennon biopic Nowhere Boy is being made into a new stage project from Tony-winning producers Robyn Goodman and Josh Fiedler (Avenue Q).
Brian and Dayna Lee are fellow producers on the project, which is currently in the early stages of development. As Broadwaycom reports
The project is expected to be a play with music, featuring Lennon’s rock-and-roll hits of the 1950s, but none of the Beatles songs for which he later became known.
The life and legacy of John Lennon has previously played out on Broadway in the original musical Lennon (2005), as well as in the Beatles tribute shows Beatlemania (1977) and Rain (2010). Lennon was also a contributor to the long-running musical Oh! Calcutta! (1969).
The film Nowhere Boy, which centers on the two women who largely impacted Lennon’s life, starred Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Lennon along with Kristin Scott Thomas as his aunt Mimi Smith and Anne-Marie Duff as his mother, Julia.
Casting, creative team and the announcement of a debut production of the stage production are forthcoming.
Nowhere Boy hasn’t anything to match Hart’s impersonation, but it thrums to a fierce narrative beat and, even more importantly, it feels like something made with love. The screenplay by Matt Greenhalgh (the writer of the Ian Curtis biopic, Control) rewinds to the mid-1950s when Lennon was growing up in leafy Menlove Avenue, Liverpool, with his aunt Mimi, failing at school but just beginning to discover himself as a delinquent and heart-throb.
Nowhere Boy is a 2009 British biographical drama film about John Lennon’s adolescence, his relationships with his aunt Mimi Smith and his mother Julia Lennon, the creation of his first band, the Quarrymen, and its evolution into the Beatles. The film is based on a biography written by Lennon’s half-sister Julia Baird
If the film feels a little too indulgent, a little too much in love with the young man, I’d argue that Lennon earned the indulgence, and more than earned the love.