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.
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.