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‘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.

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‘School of Rock’ invites select few to see early version of new musical

The score includes three songs from the original film (which was written by Mike White and directed by Richard Linklater) as well as about 12 new songs composed by Mr. Lloyd Webber with lyrics by Glenn Slater (“Tangled,” “Sister Act”). Its book is by Julian Fellowes, the creator and writer of “Downton Abbey.”
Scheduled to open in December 2015 at the Winter Garden Theatre, “School of Rock” has music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater and a book by Julian Fellowes of “Downton Abbey” fame. (Bet you didn’t see that coming.)

 

So, did you get a coveted email invite yet from Andrew Lloyd Webber to a staged early performance of “School of Rock”  at the Gramercy Theater? Me neither.

“Someone up there in cyberspace has intimated that you might be interested in an invitation to a rather unusual theater event,” Lloyd Webber writes in the email, according to today’s New York Times.

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‘Downton Abbey’ reveals sixth season is its last

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

Seems Dame Maggie Smith was correct about next season being her last on “Downton Abbey” since it will be the last for everyone. The cast’s contracts expire at the end of Season 6 and most are ready to move on.

The finale will air on Christmas Day in England, where the series has always been shown first. Traditionally, the American season begins  the following month in January.

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