Bookwriter sought for Musical Comedy Project

Peter K Grey acts as an intermediary between rightsholders and adapters, so as to facilitate opportunities for existing titles to be reconceived in other artforms.

He is seeking a bookwriter for a musical theatre adaptation of a successful novel by a name writer.

This is to be a musical comedy, designed to appeal both to the many who will be familiar with the novel and/or its author’s work, and to others attracted by its intriguing central premise.

Applications are invited from bookwriters who can bring characters to life through funny yet believable dialogue, and who can condense, reconceive and structure an existing story into a theatrical form.

The project:  The initial plan is to work towards a reading within the next 12 months, and thereafter to continue the piece’s development as necessary so as to enable it to ultimately receive a full production. Schedules and dates can be arranged taking any other commitments the bookwriter may already have into consideration.

It is not possible to mention further specifics in the above brief; however, all shortlisted candidates will be confidentially provided with the relevant details and given the opportunity to meet with the composer/lyricist in question.

Payment:  The successful candidate would be working speculatively: a bookwriter is sought who is genuinely excited by, passionate about, and believes in, the project and eager to collaborate with the composer/lyricist, rather than one who simply regards it as a “paid gig”. Obviously the cost of the rights are covered, and the resources to arrange the aforementioned reading are in place.

What to submit/How to apply:  In the first instance please submit a biog plus a sample scene whose style is *either* irreverent, comedically absurd, and “near the mark” (think Spamalot or The Book Of Mormon) *or* representative of a heartwarming and uplifting romantic comedy (think Mamma Mia! or Legally Blonde). These should be sent to

Deadline:  30 April 2016

Source:  Direct contact

5 thoughts on “Bookwriter sought for Musical Comedy Project”

  1. Hi, I was wondering does the sample scene have to be completely invented or would it be possible to perhaps try turning a part of a well known book in to a scene. I would like to do that but worry about copyright and infringing on such copyrights.

    Thanks in advance

    1. Hi Gurry – we recommend contacting the poster directly with your question, we just re-post these opportunities!

    2. The sample scene can be EITHER completely invented OR part of a well known book turned in to a scene. 🙂

  2. David Bottomley

    Do I take it this is a “speculative” unpaid 12 month position + to get “genuinely excited by” Peter K Grey?

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