Theater audiences will soon get to see the story of what happens when a lovely lady meets a man named Brady.
CBS Consumer Products has partnered with creator Sherwood Schwartz’s family on a comedic musical stage show based on his sitcom “The Brady Bunch.” The play will feature a new story, but will still focus on the original characters from the sitcom about a happy band of stepsiblings and their newly married parents. Schwartz’s children, Lloyd J. Schwartz and Hope Juber, wrote the book. Juper wrote the music with her husband, Wings guitarist Laurence Juber. Production dates are not yet available.
CBS is also bellying up to the bar for “Cheers Live on Stage,” a stage production that will showcase classic moments from the long-running sitcom that starred Ted Danson as often-troubled Boston bar owner Sam Malone. Stageworks Media is developing the production, which will be produced and distributed by Troika Entertainment and will be touring in 2016.
“’The Brady Bunch’ and ‘Cheers’ are two iconic TV shows with a deep connection to fans that is as strong as ever. These live adaptations will capitalize on the shows’ timeless characters and stories to create something completely new and captivating,” said Liz Kalodner, EVP and g.m. of CBS Consumer Products.
Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis is also working with CBS Consumer Products on an adaption of “Corduroy,” the children’s book written by Don Freeman. CBS’ live event roster already includes “Star Trek: Live in Concert” and “Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage.”
The news comes at a fitting time for CBS. It will air the Tony Awards air at 8 p.m. Sunday.