“The Notebook” is Becoming a Musical

Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams in "The Notebook"

The Notebook is coming back into our lives!

The 2004 film, based on the bestselling Nicholas Sparks novel starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams as Noah and Allie, is making its way to Broadway. 

The official announcement was made on Thursday’s Today Show by singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson who confirmed she has tapped for writing the music for the production. The story will be adapted for the stage by This Is Us producer Bekah Brunstetter. 

“I’m writing a musical… and the musical is The Notebook!” Michaelson screamed to co-host Hoda Kotb on the daytime talk show. “I haven’t been able to say it in so long! And now I’m saying it! The Notebook! The Notebook! The Notebook!”

“The story hits home for me in two big ways: it takes place in my home state of North Carolina, and Alzheimer’s runs deep in my family. I was sent a few songs Ingrid had already written for it, and that week, I spent my drives to and from work car-listening, memorizing, imagining the story unfold with music, imagining how I might layer worlds, dramatize memory, and before I even knew that I had to write the book for this, it was already starting to happen in my head.”  

“When I was approached about working on The Notebook I had to excuse myself and go to the bathroom and cry and come back into the meeting,” Michaelson added later in a statement. “I have loved the movie and the story for so many years now that the idea of turning it into a musical overwhelmed me. The concept of unending devotion and love wrapped up in memory and family is something very close to my own personal life…I cannot wait for the world to hear these characters come to life in a musical way.”