Gather ’round fans of the Netflix hit-show ! Following its huge success on the streaming platform, “The Queen’s Gambit” is getting a musical adaptation as Level Forward has announced it won the rights to adapt the novel for the stage.
“Told through a brave and fresh point of view, audiences are already sharing in the friendship and fortitude of the story’s inspiring women who energize and sustain Beth Harmon’s journey and ultimate triumph,” said Level Forward CEO Adrienne Becker and producer Julia Dunetz.
Centered around Beth Harmon, a woman who becomes one of the world’s greatest chess players, the show was already an adaptation of Walter Tevis’s 1983 novel The Queen’s Gambit. As soon as it hits the platform, the show became the most-watched miniseries, with other 62 million viewers in the first month. For her performance in the mini-series, Anya Taylor-Joy, who portrayed Beth, even earned a Golden Globes.
Details about a creative team, as well as who will be portraying the chess player on stage, have yet to be announced. Stay tuned for more infos!
While many fans are eagerly waiting for this stage adaptation, this wouldn’t be first musical centering around the chess board while a cold-war is happening in the background. Chess, featuring a score by ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Anderson made its way to Broadway in 1988, four year after the release of the concept album in 1984.