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.”


First Art Biennale to be hosted by Saudi Arabia

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Updated 31 May 2020

First Art Biennale to be hosted by Saudi Arabia

  • The biennale is a creative platform that allows international audiences to access Saudi art and cultural performances with depth and diversity

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s minister of culture, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, has announced the establishment of Al-Diriyah Biennale Foundation for Contemporary Art.

The biennale will alternate in terms of theme, with an exhibition of contemporary art for the first edition set for 2021, and an Islamic art exhibition in 2022.

The minister was appointed as head of the board of directors of Al-Diriyah Biennale Foundation, while Aya Habib Al-Bakri has been appointed CEO.

Through organizing the biennale, the foundation will work to achieve the objectives set in the Ministry of Culture’s vision, which aims at developing contemporary arts platforms in the Kingdom, making it a regional and international hub for arts and culture.

The foundation will conduct the biennale’s rotation of contemporary and Islamic arts exhibitions to diversify it, and create more space for Saudi artists from different creative directions, allowing them to showcase their work and interact with fellow international artists.

The biennale is a creative platform that allows international audiences to access Saudi art and cultural performances with depth and diversity, part of the goals of the ministry in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 program.