‘Empire Records’ being adapted into Broadway musical
Speaking of much-loved record store comedies, 1995's Empire Records is being eyed for a Broadway musical adaptation. Deadline reports that producer Bill Weiner, has acquired the rights to the film about a struggling record store, and is set to work with original screenwriter Carol Heikkinen, as well as composer Zoe Sarnak who will write original music and lyrics. The musical is currently projected for a 2020 release to coincide with the film's 25th anniversary (you may recall Empire Records celebrated its 20th anniversary at Rough Trade in 2015) and the announcement comes just a couple days shy of Rex Manning Day (4/8).
Sarnak told Deadline about the original film's impact on her earlier life:
I first saw Empire Records when my older sister brought it home on VHS – I remember sneaking into the TV room while she was watching it with her friends. Over the years, I watched it again and again because that cast – those characters – were my idea of the coolest misfits. Teenagers who loved music as much as I did, and still do. The film’s music so iconically captured the sound of that decade – a sound that has indelibly shaped my own aesthetic.
In addition to the original songs for the production, we hope it will use at least some of the songs featured on the soundtrack (by the likes of Edwyn Collins, Gin Blossoms, The Cranberries, and Better Than Ezra). The original film starred Liv Tyler, Renee Zellweger, Ethan Embry, Robin Tunney, and Anthony LaPaglia and more. Stay tuned for more details but in the meantime stream the soundtrack below.