“Family Ties,” the ’80s NBC sitcom that launched the career of Michael J. Fox, will be adapted into a stage play under the tutelage of the Araca Group, the company that is one of the producers of “Wicked.”
Playwright Daniel Goldstein will adapt the property, with the play set to debut at the Human Race Theater in Dayton, Ohio, in a nod to the state in which the TV show is set. The production, produced under license from CBS Consumer Products, will bow at Human Race in June after which the script will be published and made available for licensing by producing organizations around the world.
Not a musical, “Family Ties” the play will draw on elements from the entire seven-season run of the 1982 series, which centered on the Keaton family and often involved the political disagreements between two ex-hippie parents and their conservative son. Goldstein, known to Broadway audiences as the director of the 2011 revival of “Godspell,” recently wrote the book for the musical “Unknown Soldier,” which premiered in summer 2015 at the Williamstown Theater Festival. His upcoming projects include an immersive version of “Hansel and Gretel” in Buffalo and a Harry Potter Death Eater Experience at Universal Studios Japan.
“Family Ties” is part of an initiative from Araca to develop stage work for venues beyond Broadway and the West End. The play will run June 1-25, 2017, as part of the Human Race Theater’s 30th season, with casting to be announced.