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The Notebook Summary
- Show Status: Opening Soon
- Genre: Musical
- The Notebook is 2 hours and 20 minutes long, including an intermission of 15 minutes
- 8 Shows per week
- Previews Begin: February 6, 2024
- Show Opens: March 14, 2024
- Show Closes: Open ended
Romantic musical based on the best selling novel written by Nicholas Sparks about a couple’s enduring love despite years of being apart
The Notebook on Broadway Background
The Original Book
The Notebook was originally a romance book written by the novelist, Nicholas Sparks in 1996. Sparks got the inspiration to write the book by observing his own grandparent’s 60+ year marriage.
The book was published in October 1996 and became a New York Times Best Seller in just its first week of book sales. The book stayed on the NYTimes list for over a year afterwards.
Nicolas Sparks - Writer of "Love Tragedy" or "Misery Porn"?
Nicholas Sparks is an American novelist who has published twenty-two novels and two non-fiction books. Most of his works are in the style of women's pulp fiction romance, with few men ever reading them.
The subject matter of his books often follow the same format, boy meets girl, but they cannot be together for one reason or another.
Some of Spark's books become New York Times bestsellers, with over 130 million copies sold worldwide.
Romance-Themed Books By Sparks
Sparks refuses to agree that he writes women's "romance" books and instead he claims that he created his own genre called like 'love tragedy'. Many people believe the the true genre is just "misery porn." which phycologists have found many women find pleasure in.
The 2004 Notebook Movie
In 2004, the sleeper-hit turned blockbuster movie was developed and starred Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. The movie became a fan favorite and has over 19 million DVD's sold to date.
In 2009 the musical version of The Notebook was adapted from the book by the Emmy Award nominee, Bekah Brunstetter and the show lyrics were written by the American singer-songwriter, Ingrid Michaelson.
The Stage Show
The stage version of the show was originally developed as a musical in 2009 and had languished since then and has not played any major theatre.
In September 2020, the musical was finally scheduled to make its world premiere at Chicago’s Shakespeare Theatre, which was then to set up the show for its Broadway run in 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic derailed all those plans and now the show is scheduled for the 2024 Broadway season.
Finally a Glimmer of Light for the Broadway Show
Although the show has been shelved for so long, the new musical adaptation of "The Notebook," has planned its pandemic-delayed first production in September, 2022 at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater.
All-Star Show Creatives
The show songs are written by Ingrid Michaelson, the book is by Bekah Brunstetter and the show is co-directed by Michael Greif and Schele Williams.
What’s The Notebook Like?
The story takes place in North Carolina over the course of three decades, notably 1930, 1940 and then 1990. The audience follows along from the perspective of the protagonist Noah Calhoun through the trials and tribulations. They see the heated love and passionate disputes between the two main characters Noah Calhoun and Allie Hamilton.
Noah Calhoun is a young, romantic, rugged but classically attractive man who was a military veteran who still carries with him some residual PTSD from WW1.Allie Hamilton (who is also wildly attractive) starts out as the classic ingenue but then develops into a more accomplished and confident person as the story develops.
The Sparks Fly Between Noah Calhoun and Allie Hamilton
Calhoun wants to protect and love Hamilton, but the sparks fly. They meet during a long hot summer in the early 1930's and proceed to have a whirlwind summer fling. More than a decade later, the two cross paths again when Hamilton is set to be married to another man and Calhoun cannot stand to let that happen.
Deeply Flawed Couple
The two are portrayed as a deeply flawed, yet relatable couple who regularly get into tempestuous arguments with each other, but who also have a deep sensual and desirous love for one another. The two are eventually shown as 90+ year old grandparents who now have a large family around them and are still together, except with one major challenge.
Is The Notebook Good for Kids?
The Notebook deals with mature issues that often come up in long-term relationships and also depicts some mildly sexual scenes.
The show is not recommended for people under the age of 16.
Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre
New York, NY 10036
- Press Agent
- Book Writer
- Bekah Brunstetter
- Ingrid Michaelson
- Ingrid Michaelson
- Original Book
- Nicholas Sparks