The overwhelming success of Netflix’s limited series The Queen’s Gambit continues as awards season gets underway. With two Golden Globes and two Critics’ Choice Awards already acquired, the series is hailed as a roaring success for the streaming services. However, it appears the story of the chess prodigy will not end with Netflix. As first reported by Deadline, a Broadway musical adaptation of the series is in the works as well.
Per the initial report, multi-time Tony Award-winning production company Level Forward has acquired the theatrical rights to the 1983 novel by Walter Tevis with the intention of turning it into a stage musical. In a statement, Level Forward CEO Adrienne Becker expresses her excitement to develop the new twist on the story.
“It is a privilege for Level Forward to lead the charge of bringing The Queen’s Gambit to the stage through the beloved and enduring craft of musical theater,” said Becker. “Told through a brave and fresh point of view, audiences are already sharing in the friendship and fortitude of the story’s inspiring women who energize and sustain Beth Harmon’s journey and ultimate triumph. The story is a siren call amidst our contemporary struggles for gender and racial equity, and we’re looking forward to moving the project forward.”
Starring Golden Globe winner Anya Taylor-Joy, The Queen’s Gambit tells the story of Beth Harmon. An orphaned chess prodigy, Harmon quickly rises to the top of the chess world. However, she also struggles with drug and alcohol dependency. Following its release, the show became Netflix’s most-watched scripted miniseries with over 62 million viewers in its first month. Additionally, the series outs victories for Best Limited Series and Best Actress at the 78th Golden Globe Awards.
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