A world premiere production of “High Noon,” based on the Academy Award-winning film, will come to Broadway in 2023.
The stage adaptation, which shares the same name as Stanley Kramer’s 1952 Western film, is written by Eric Roth.
Michael Arden, who directed the 2017 revival of “Once on This Island” and the 2015 revival of “Spring Awakening,” will direct.
Further announcements regarding casting and additional members of the creative team will be made at a later date.
The film, which starred Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly, won seven Academy Awards and recently celebrated its 70th anniversary. In 1989, the Library of Congress elected to preserve “High Noon” in the National Film Registry for being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”
“High Noon” is produced on Broadway by Paula Wagner and Hunter Arnold. Karen S. Kramer and Steve Jaffe will serve as consulting producers.
“When Eric Roth presented his vision for a stage adaptation of ‘High Noon,’ I immediately saw the potential for a theatrical presentation of the iconic story about doing the right thing in spite of public opinion and external pressure,” Wagner said. “More relevant today than ever, Stanley Kramer’s film continues to captivate audiences with a classic Western portrayal of a person standing up for what is right in the face of apathy and rejection. Mr. Roth will bring these classic characters to life in a timeless situation of bravery and civic responsibility. The talent and vision of director Michael Arden will provide a fresh perspective on these classic themes. Hunter and I are looking forward to bringing ‘High Noon’ to its rightful place on the stage.”