Obsessed is in Development

Obsessed Summary

  • Show Status: In Development
  • Genre: Musical
  • Obsessed is 2 hours 10 minutes long, including an intermission of 15 minutes
  • 8 Shows per week
  • Show Closes: Open ended

A new musical story about the struggles of the rags-to-riches-to-heartbreak story about the life of Diane Warren, the unheralded Grammy and Emmy-winning songwriter.

Obsessed on Broadway Background

Show Developmental Workshop in New York City in 2023

The developmental workshop took place in July 2023 and was directed by three-time Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall. The book is by two-time Tony winner Joe DiPietro (Memphis; I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change).

Show Features Music By Taylor Swift, Beyonce and Celine Dion

Licensing deals for Warren’s songs—including the recent Taylor Swift hit, “Say Don’t Go”—have been finalized, and the show is being produced for Broadway by former Live Nation chairman Michael Cohl and veteran music producer Irit TenHengel.

Diane Warren And Asperger's Syndrome

The focus of the musical is Diane Warren, the Grammy and Emmy-winning songwriter. This Broadway-bound production celebrates her challenges, her

Asperger's diagnosis and her remarkable career despite all these challenges. The show also features some of her biggest musical hits, including those sung by Taylor Swift, Beyoncé and Celine Dion.

Key Details About The Musical:

  • Songs: The show will include licensing deals for Warren’s songs, including the recent Taylor Swift hit, "Say Don’t Go"
  • Development: A developmental workshop took place in New York City last year, directed by three-time Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall and with a book by two-time Tony winner Joe DiPietro.
  • Producer: The musical is being produced for Broadway by former Live Nation chairman Michael Cohl and veteran music producer Irit TenHengel.
  • Diane Warren’s Legacy: As the first songwriter in history to have seven hits on the Billboard charts simultaneously, Warren has penned iconic songs like “Un-Break My Heart” (Toni Braxton), “How Do I Live” (LeAnn Rimes), and “Because You Love Me” (Celine Dion).
  • Background: Warren grew up in the San Fernando Valley in the 1970s, and her anthemic, impassioned songs ruled the airwaves and cineplex during the late '80s and '90s.
  • Academy Award Nomination: She is currently nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “The Fire Inside” from the movie Flamin’ Hot.

What’s Obsessed Like?

Obsessed is a compelling narrative that marries Diane Warren’s iconic music with the story of her life, punctuated by her early diagnosis with Asperger’s Syndrome and her rise to stardom against the backdrop of a strict upbringing.

Is Obsessed Good for Kids?

The features childhood events that can be depicted as abuse and therefore the show may not be appropriate for children under the age of 16.

Cast Members

TBA
Diane Warren

Producers

Michael Cohl

Irit TenHengel

Production Credits

Director
Kathleen Marshall

Creative Team

Playwright
Joe DiPietro