THE WONDER YEARS Musical Will Have Developmental Lab 2017 by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino
Actor’s Equity has announced a musical based on the hit television drama series The Wonder Years is in the works. It will feature music by various artists; the show’s book is by Tim Federle of Tuck Everlasting. A developmental lab is set for May 1-19, 2017 with further updates this Spring.
Dan Lauria (who played Jack Arnold), New York, 2016. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.
The Wonder Years ran on ABC-TV from January 31, 1988 until 1993, for six seasons. It was created by Neal Marlens and Carol Black. The series depicts the social and family life of a boy in a typical American suburban middle-class family from 1968 to 1973, covering the ages of 12 through 17. Each year in the series takes place exactly 20 years before airing.
The show’s plot centers on Kevin Arnold (played by Fred Savage), son of Jack and Norma Arnold (played by Dan Lauria and Alley Mills). Kevin’s father holds a management job at a defense contractor, while his mother is a housewife. Kevin also has an older brother, Wayne (played by Jason Hervey), and an older sister, Karen (played by Olivia d’Abo). Two of Kevin’s friends and neighbors are prominently featured throughout the series: his best friend, Paul Pfeiffer (played by Josh Saviano), and his crush-turned-girlfriend Gwendolyn “Winnie” Cooper (played by Danica McKellar). Storylines are told through Kevin’s reflections as an adult in his mid-30s, voiced by narrator Daniel Stern.
The opening sequence for the six seasons featured three different versions of the Joe Cocker rendition of “With a Little Help from My Friends.”
In addition to receiving countless nominations, it won Primetime Emmy Awards, Golden Globe Award, Humanitas Prize, Peabody Award, Television Critics Association Award, Viewers for Quality Television Award, Writers Guild of America Award, BMI Film & TV Award, and Directors Guild of America Award.
Judith Light of Who’s The Boss? with Dan Lauria (who played Jack Arnold), New York, 2016. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.
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