By Courtney | Shadow and Act January 31, 2013 at 8:47PM
We've been following the progress of this upcoming stage musical (aimed for Broadway) since it was first revealed about 2 years ago.
Tony Award winner Bill T. Jones (Fela!) has been developing an adaptation of Super Fly for the stage as a musical.
Over the last couple of years, there've been workshops, cast announcements for those workshops, and more; as the project inches closer and closer to being fully realized.
Broadway World announced this afternoon that Super Fly, The Musical will finally be coming to Broadway in late 2013, citing Tommy Mottola of The Mottola Group (the producers) as the source.
No casting announcements to go along with that news, although in our last post on this last October, it looked like maybe Justin Guarini was going to star as Priest, aka Super Fly, the mixed-race “drug pusher, stick-up artist and a child of the ghetto, he truly beats the system, outsmarting the corrupt police force so that he can break free and start a new life," to use the words on the casting notice.
But Guarini himself posted a comment on this site responding to that last post, saying that he isn't. He just participated in workshops playing Priest.
What we can confirm for sure is that Curtis Mayfield's music will be used in the production, including other 70s soul/funk luminaries.
Also, based on the breakdown of characters that we saw from the workshop casting notices, it looks like the musical will stay mostly true to the film, at least, in name.
Super Fly, The Musical features a book from Seth Zvi Rosenfeld and musical direction from Ron Melrose.
As soon as we know about the production we will post here. But if it is now scheduled to open later this year, all the different pieces should be coming together and will be revealed soon.