Clint Black, the country music star who’s sold more than 20 million albums worldwide, is at work on a Christmas musical for the stage, with a theater industry reading of the new show set for December in New York.
Black is writing new songs for the project, which will also incorporate tunes from his 1995 Christmas album and a number of his other hits. Called “Looking for Christmas” — also the name of that aforementioned Yuletide disc — the musical centers on a young veteran struggling with PTSD while trying to reconnect with his wife and daughter.
James D. Sasser writes the book, with Kent Nicholson, currently the director of musical theater at Playwrights Horizons, on board to direct the reading. Music supervision is by Charles Vincent Burwell. The reading is produced by the 959 Group, the theatrical development and investment firm of which Sasser, Nicholson and Burwell are a part, along with Henry Ivey and Juliet Settlemier Ivey.
As Broadway expands its reach in the wake in “Hamilton,” the theater industry seems ripe for a project that taps the audience potential of country music. Black comes to the table with more than more than 50 charted singles under his belt, including “A Better Man” and “When I Said I Do.”
The industry reading of “Looking for Christmas” is set for Dec. 4. A trajectory for the production after that remains to be set.