Get the hankies out. Romance ‘The Notebook’ headed for Broadway

The novel was turned into a 2004 movie starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams as a couple who fall in love in the 1940s, then part and later reconnect. (The Notebook)
Updated 05 January 2019

Get the hankies out. Romance ‘The Notebook’ headed for Broadway

  • The novel, which chronicles a couple’s passion-filled and sometimes turbulent relationship, was published in 1996
  • Book author Nicholas Sparks said he was thrilled to be working on the Broadway adaptation

LOS ANGELES: Romantic drama “The Notebook,” which sparked a real-life love story between movie stars Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, is headed for Broadway as a musical.
Singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson told NBC’s “Today” show on Thursday that she has been developing the musical for more than a year. Bekah Brunstetter, a producer on the NBC family drama series “This is Us,” is writing the show, which will be produced in collaboration with Nicholas Sparks, author of the book on which it is based. The novel, which chronicles a couple’s passion-filled and sometimes turbulent relationship, was published in 1996.
It was turned into a 2004 movie starring Gosling and McAdams as a couple who fall in love in the 1940s, then part and later reconnect. Despite mediocre reviews, the weepie turned into a favorite and has since appeared on multiple best romantic movie lists.
The on-screen chemistry between then little-known Canadians Gosling and McAdams was real. After meeting on set, they dated from 2005-2007 and again for a short period in 2008.
Sparks said he was thrilled to be working on the Broadway adaptation, saying in a statement that the story “is near and dear to my heart.”
No casting or opening date was announced for the Broadway show, which follows recent musical adaptations of movies “Mean Girls” and “Pretty Woman.”


Priyanka Chopra voices Elsa in Hindi-language ‘Frozen 2’

Priyanka Chopra announced Friday that she will voice the character of Elsa in the Hindi-language version of hit Disney animation film ‘Frozen 2.’ (File/AFP)
Updated 19 October 2019

Priyanka Chopra voices Elsa in Hindi-language ‘Frozen 2’

DUBAI: Priyanka Chopra announced Friday that she will voice the character of Elsa in the Hindi-language version of hit Disney animation film “Frozen 2,” set to be released on Nov. 22.

And what’s more, Chopra’s cousin, Parineeti, will voice the character of Anna, who is played by Kristen Bell in the English-language film.

“Mimi & Tisha are now Elsa & Anna!” Priyanka posted on her Twitter account on Friday. “The #ChopraSisters are finally coming together for Disney’s #Frozen2. Can’t wait for you guys to see us…I mean HEAR us bring these amazing, strong characters to life in Hindi.”

Chopra released a statement about the new film and the character she voices.

“Elsa is a fictional character who’s known to be strongly-opinionated and level headed, traits that I deeply connect with," she said. "This not only made me want to be part of the film, but also gives me a wonderful opportunity to present one of the most-successful animated films to our local audiences.”