Black Orpheus was a 1959 film based on “Orfeu da Conceição” by bossa nova artist and lyricist Vinicius de Moraes. The story is an adaptation of the Greek legend of of Orpheus and Eurydice, set in a contemporary historical period in a favela in Rio de Janeiro. Notably the film feature a bossa nova soundtrack featuring pioneers Antonio Carlos Jobim and Luiz Bonfa.
Broadway producer Stephen C. Byrd, has acquired the rights to adapt the film to a Broadway production and plans to have it shown during the 2013-2014 season. Byrd stated that he has enlisted two prominent Brazilian theater directors and writers to finish a script by the end of the year. In addition he confirmed that the Broadway production will retain the bossa nova soundtrack from the film.
“I’ve seen the movie 25 times, at minimum, and always thought the story was highly theatrical and the music was transfixing.I’m hoping to cast at least the principal roles with well-known Brazilian singers and actors, because I think this show will succeed as long as it’s as authentically Brazilian as possible.”