McInerney novel to make off broadway debut with 'Rent' helmer
NEW YORK — Returning to the source of its inspiration, “Bright Lights, Big City,” the 1984 novel by Jay McInerney, will be adapted into a Gotham musical.
It will debut Off Broadway at the New York Theater Workshop in February, and will be directed by Michael Greif. Greif also was the director of the smash musical “Rent,” which premiered at New York Theater Workshop before moving to Broadway.
“I read the McInerney book in August 1996, and it turned me on,” said Paul Scott Goodman, playwright and composer of the “Bright Lights” musical. “I mean, it’s about drugs, sex, rock ‘n’ roll and clubs in New York.”
Goodman, 37, secured the rights to produce a first draft of a musical from McInerney, and will perform in the musical as a “singing narrator.”
The play, about the life and times of a cocaine-addled fact-checker at a thinly disguised New Yorker magazine, will feature “almost no dialogue,” says Goodman, using instead “95% song.”
Rehearsals are scheduled to begin in December, when Greif returns from helming the Australian production of “Rent.”
Goodman, a composer and lyricist who migrated to the U.S. from Scotland, is best known for his previous musical, “Tiny Dancer,” about becoming a father in Manhattan in the late ’80s. That musical led to a sequel about motherhood, “Domestica,” which debuted in 1994.
Goodman currently is in negotiations with the Shubert Organization to produce the two one-act musicals as one evening, titled “Him & Her.” According to Goodman, Sarah Jessica Parker has expressed interest in taking the lead role in “Domestica.”
Goodman also is planning to turn Carrie Fisher’s novel “Postcards From the Edge” into a musical.