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Dorchester Leaps onto Broadway

The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy ParkerFrom the file of things labeled “That’s Unexpected” comes this news nugget from Dorchester Press, whom we horror fans know as Leisure Books: Dorchester Publishing is thrilled to announce the signing of the Broadway musical option agreement for Leanna Renee Hieber’s ‘The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker’, a haunting story of love and ghosts in Victorian England.

Mt. Claire Entertainment bought the novel for its musical adaptation, and Hieber, who has innate talent for invoking the Victorian era in her writing, will pen the script. Composing music and lyrics are Kenny Seymour (Broadway credits include music direction for “Memphis” and arrangements for “The Wiz”) and Nicholas Roman Lewis (creative development for “The Alchemist” and “They Call Me La Lupe”), with additional orchestrations and arrangements by Jim Abbott (“Wicked,” “Bombay Dreams,” “Disney’s Tarzan”)

For those who don’t know, The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker (hereafter referred to as “TSBTMPP” because the full title is ridiculously long) is the story of six young folks who have the task of keeping the dead in their places while searching for a seventh guardian, who may or may not be the albino orphan named Percy Parker. One part Gothic romance, one part supernatural thriller, TSBTMPP was first released in September of 2009.

We will keep you updated as we find out more about its Broadway debut.

Scott A. Johnson

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