Diane Warren Musical Coming to Broadway
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by BWW News Desk
Broadway producer Dede Harris has optioned the music catalogue of Diane Warren, one of the most popular and successful contemporary songwriters of our time, to create a new musical for the Broadway stage.
The creative team and a timeline for the project will be announced at a later date.
Grammy and Golden Globe Award-winner and six-time Academy Award nominee Diane Warren is the first songwriter in the history of Billboard to have seven hits, all by different artists, on the singles chart at the same time. She is known globally for platinum-selling songs performed by legends like Elton John, Beyonce, Tina Turner, Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera, Celine Dion Aerosmith, Ricky Martin, Faith Hill, Celine Dion, Mary J. Blige, Carrie Underwood Britney Spears, Jennifer Hudson and LeAnn Rimes among many others. Her more than 100 Top Ten hits include the platinum-selling “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,” “If I Could Turn Back Time,” “How Do I Live”, “Unbreak My Heart”, “Because You Loved Me” and many more.
Dede Harris Productions (Dede Harris and associate David Carpenter) recently produced One Man, Two Guvnors and the 2012 Tony Award winning Best Play Clybourne Park and are currently producers of the 2011 Tony Award winning Best Play War Horse (Broadway, Toronto, National Tour) and I Love Lucy: Live on Stage (Chicago) as well as the upcoming Hands on a Hardbody opening on Broadway in the Spring of 2013 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre said, “It’s a thrill and an honor be able to present Diane Warren’s brilliant body of work on Broadway. Her songs are a pinnacle of popular culture and will bring fresh energy and excitement to the Great White Way.”
On the announcement of the new project, Diane Warren said, “I greatly admire the incredible shows and performers that have come from Broadway. It has always been a thrill for me to write for musical artists who began their careers on the New York stage and I’m so happy that my songs will be part of a new musical.”
Dede Harris Productions –Broadway: Clybourne Park winner of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play, One Man Two Guvnors, War Horse, winner of the 2011 Tony Award for Best Play, (Lincoln Center, Toronto and National Tour), Jerusalem (starring Mark Rylance), Elling, 9 to 5 the Musical (starring Allison Janney) , The Norman Conquests, winner of the 2009 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play, You’re Welcome America: A Final Night With George W. Bush (starring Will Farrell); David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow (starring Jeremy Piven, William H. Macy ,Norbert Leo Butz and Raul Esparza); The Seagull (starring Kristin Scott Thomas); The Lieutenant of Inishmore; The History Boys, winner of the 2007 Tony Award for Best Play; The Pillowman ( starring Jeff Goldblum and Billy Crudup); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (starring Jonathan Lithgow and Norbert Leo Butz); A Raisin in the Sun (starring Sean Combs a.k.a. P. Diddy); Golda’s Balcony (starring Tovah Feldshuh); Hairspray the Musical, winner of the 2003 Tony Award for Best Musical; Arthur Miller's The Crucible (Starring Liam Neeson and Laura Linney); Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses, winner of the Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk Award, and Drama League Award; Elaine Stritch at Liberty, winner of the 2002 Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event; Noises Off (starring Peter Gallagher and Patti LuPone); One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (starring Gary Sinise), winner of the 2001 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play; The Music Man; Swing!; and More to Love: A Big Fat Comedy. Currently: I Love Lucy: Live on Stage (Chicago) Upcoming: Hands on a Hard Body (Broadway / 2013)
Diane Warren is one of the most prolific songwriters of all time. She has been nominated for 9 Grammy Awards, (winning for the song “Because You Loved Me”) and 5 Golden Globe Awards. She has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame, named ASCAP’s Songwriter of the Year 6 times and Billboard’s Songwriter of the Year 4 times. Some of her big movie hits include “How Do I Live” performed by Trisha Yearwood for Con Air and also a chart-topper sung by LeAnn Rimes as well, “Because You Loved Me” sung by Celine Dion for the film Up Close And Personal, “Music Of My Heart,” sung by *NSYNC and Gloria Estefan for the film Music Of The Heart, “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” performed by Aerosmith for Armageddon, and “Do You Feel Me” from American Gangster sung by Anthony Hamilton. Diane won the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song for the powerful ballad “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me,” which is performed by Cher in the movie Burlesque, starring Cher and Christina Aguilera. Most recently, Diane has penned the original song, “Silver Lining” performed by Jessie J for the upcoming feature Silver Linings Playbook. In addition, she has written “Unfinished Songs” performed by Celine Dion for the feature film Song For Marion. Diane also wrote the song “I Was Here” for Beyonce’s latest record, “4,” which hit number one on the Billboard charts. The video for the song was shot at the U.N. to launch World Humanitarian Day and it has reached over 1 billion people. Warren owns her publishing company, Realsongs; the most successful female-owned and operated business in the music industry.