Ryan Murphy has become the man with the magic touch, ushering in one of the most riveting eras in television history with a range of hit series. From his campy successes like Glee, and American Horror Story (AHS) to critically acclaimed productions such as Fosse-Verdon, The Assassination of Gianna Versace and, Pose, Murphy’s bold and edgy shows consistently deliver big ratings.
In particular, for the series Glee and mini-series Fosse-Verdon, Murphy exhibited a knack for seamlessly bringing grand musical narratives to the small screen. Now, just weeks before the debut of his AHS -1984, Time reports that Murphy will soon reimagine Broadway’s A Chorus Line as an upcoming 10 Part mini-series for Netflix.
That’s right kids! Get ready to sing along to all your favorite songs from “Singular Sensation” to “Tits and Ass” with lots of drama and jazz hands along the way. There’s no news yet about the casting, but this has Billy Porter and MJ Rodriguez’s name written all over it if you ask me.
A Chorus Line’s appeal is undeniable as it ran for 6,137 Broadway performances and was the longest-running production in Broadway history until 1997 when Cats clawed its way passed to snag that title. Today, it is the seventh longest-running show in Broadway history. In 1985 Richard Attenborough brought A Chorus Line to the big screen starring Michael Douglas as the tough as nails Broadway Director and Choreographer who struggles to cast the right dance ensemble for his next big show.
The magic of Ryan Murphy is multi-faceted; however, he seems to have created a formula that thus far has not failed him. He has a talent for curating the most delicious and often scandalous headlines of the past decades, combined with the gritty common denominators that thread the human experience such as love, loss, and longing, wrapped up in stellar production, smart scripts, impeccable casts and the most spot-on music supervision in TV history, second to maybe only whoever oversaw the music on Miami Vice back in the 1980s.
Judging by the success of Fosse-Verdon, Ryan Murphy’s, A Chorus Line is poised to be another highly-anticipated television event. So get those leg warmers out, stay tuned, and “5-6-7-8!” Let the countdown to “A Chorus Line” on Netflix begin. I can’t wait!
Read the Time article for more juicy announcements of upcoming Ryan Murphy projects, including the musical, The Prom, based on the hit Broadway show. Murphy pulls out the big guns on this one casting mega stars, Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman!