‘Dead Poets Society’ to Become Off-Broadway Play

Tom Schulman adapted his own original screenplay for the stage

The Oscar-winning 1989 movie “Dead Poets Society” is getting the stage treatment, and will debut Off Broadway this fall.

The Classic Stage Company announced the show Monday as part of its 2016-17 season.

“It is thrilling to be announcing our new season for CSC,” said artistic director John Doyle. “Three great stories written by top writers providing, I hope, variety and continuity. A great American story by the wonderful Tom Schulman, a delightful new addition to David Ives‘ on-going work for CSC, and a further opportunity to explore the remarkable Sondheim/Weidman collaboration makes me excited for this new adventure.”

“Dead Poets Society” will kick off the season with a world premiere in October 2016.

The musical is written by Academy Award winner Tom Schulman, adapted from his own Oscar-winning original screenplay, and will be directed by Doyle.

Set at a rigorous all-boys preparatory school renowned for its ancient traditions, where the unconventional Professor Keating inspires his students to defy conformity, and to live passionately. The original film starred Robin Williams and Robin Sean Leonard, and the cast also included Ethan Hawke and Josh Charles.

The 2016-17 season of CSC will also include productions of David Ives‘ “The Liar” and Stephen Sondheim‘s “Pacific Overtures.”

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