‘Downton Abbey’ on the road to being a musical?

Image of "Downton Abbey" cast, which will end its successful run on TV at the end of its next season.
“Downton Abbey” ends its successful run on TV at the end of its 2016 season.

I love musicals. I love “Downton Abbey.” But a musical of this hit British TV series about a snooty English Earl and his family … It seems, though, we’re not talking traditional stage musical and the show’s creator Julian Fellowes is involved so maybe this isn’t a train  wreck waiting to happen.

That’s what various news outlets are reporting. Playbill.com, referring to an article in  The Independent of London, says the show that focuses on the Crawley before, during and following World War I is being adapted as a stage musical that would go on a global theatrical tour.

Maggie Smith (shown here as the Dowager Countess) says the sixth season of "Downton Abbey" will be her last, whether to not the series continues beyond 2016. (Nick Briggs/Carnival Film & Television for Masterpiece)
Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess in “Downton Abbey.” (Nick Briggs/Carnival Film Television for Masterpiece)

It’s enough to make the Dowager take to her bed.

Series composer John Lunn is collaborating with the show’s creator, Academy Award winner Julian Fellowes to bring the story to the stage, but we’re not talking a full-blown stage show.

“There might be some Elgar, there might be some jazz of the periods. Some of the actors will likely recite,” Lunn explained. “We’ll have a screen. We may have the music live to several scenes. Julian may be the host. I’d say it’s a 75 per cent chance it will happen.”

To read the Playbill article, click here.

To read the Independent article, click here.

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