Stevie Wonder Set To Produce Underground Railroad Miniseries And Broadway Show Based On Love Stories

January 19, 2015  |  

Stevie Wonder is working with NBC Networks to launch a miniseries and Broadway musical about the Underground Railroad. TIME says the miniseries will run for eight hours and be based on literature such as Forbidden Fruit: Love Stories From the Underground Railroad, which was written by Pulitzer Prize winner Betty DeRamus. Wonder will serve as the executive producer for the miniseries/Broadway show.

The book is based on the stories of men and women who risked their lives (and even limbs) in order to be together, says Google Books. And NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt says Wonder may write the music for the production.

Greenblatt also shared, via The Hollywood Reporter:

“We’re increasingly looking for projects that qualify as television events and these harrowing true stories of courageous young men and women who found love, in spite of the heinousness of slavery, certainly does that. Furthermore, the idea of also developing this into a Broadway musical with Stevie Wonder is very exciting as we look to expand the scope of our live stage business. We’re thrilled that these producers wanted to bring this important project to us.”

NBC’s Entertainment President Jennifer Salke also noted:

“These unforgettable moments in history, which have never been told on television before, are both incredibly painful and heartwarming and need to be presented to the world. We’re honored to be adapting this emotionally affecting book in a television event.”

No date has been set yet for when the miniseries will air, but we’ll be on the lookout for you.

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