Sometimes a piece of news comes across our desk that is just a picture perfect representation of The Turf. This is one of those headlines. Skateboarding superstar Tony Hawk is developing a new Broadway Musical. If you didn’t know, The Turf has a theatre background. It’s our time, y’all.
Slam: The Musical
The musical is an adaptation of the 2007 best-selling novel Slam by Nick Hornby. Slam tells the story of Sam, a 17-year-old who finds himself through skateboarding. When his girlfriend becomes unexpectedly pregnant, he’s forced to grow up quickly. The novel features Sam having imagined conversations with his idol, Tony Hawk.
Tony Hawk is co-producing the project and developing along with Kyle Jarrow, writer of the Spongebob Squarepants musical and of the Obie award-winning show A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant. Reportedly the story will be set in the U.S. unlike the original, London-based novel. Mark Mothersbaugh, of the rock band Devo, is penning music & lyrics. Mothersbaugh has a production company, Mutato Productions. His partner in that venture, Anita Greenspan, also serves as a Producer on the project.
Hawk became famous in the 90’s as one of the first people to bring Skateboarding into the mainstream. His video game series Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater is one of the most popular game franchises from the turn of the century. He founded successful businesses Birdhouse Skateboards and Hawk Clothing. His YouTube channel, RIDE, is one of the most popular skateboarding information destinations on the internet.
Skateboarding on Broadway
Spongebob Squarepants: The Musical famously featured professional skateboarder Kyle Matthew Hamilton in the ensemble.
Hamilton also was part of the development team for the skateboarding ensemble.
While no confirmations have come out yet tying Hamilton the project, he would seem a likely candidate to join the team.
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