Broadway-aimed musical under development
“Green Acres” is looking to move back to New York, with a new Broadway-targeted musical version of the 1960s TV series in the works from legit and film production company Hemisphere Two and Richard L. Bare, who helmed more than 165 episodes of the show.Bare said he has penned an initial draft of the book; Richard Chapman (“Simon and Simon”), one of the principals of Hemisphere Two, and E. Jack Kaplan are onboard to rewrite. In Bare’s draft, the storyline of the musical picks up as if it were another episode of the series. No composer, lyricist or director is yet attached to the project. Hemisphere’s Pam Laudenslager — who has been on the producing team of Rialto outings including “La Cage aux Folles,” “The Norman Conquests” and “The 39 Steps” — negotiated the deal to produce the musical with Bare and Phil Goldfine, who, under their banner Acres of Green, had previously acquired the lit rights to “Green Acres” from the estate of the show’s creator, Jay Sommers. (Colleen Lober is also part of Hemisphere Two, along with Laudenslager and Chapman.) No timeline for the brewing stage production has yet been mapped out. The TV series “Green Acres” starred Eddie Albert as a man who marries big-city gal Eva Gabor and moves her to his farm, where they contend with their bumpkin neighbors, and ran for six seasons on CBS.