Announced today is a new musical adaptation of the 2007 Nick Hornby novel, Slam. This new musical will feature a book written by Kyle Jarrow (SpongeBob SquarePants) with music and lyrics by Mark Mothersbaugh (film composer, co-founder of new wave band Devo). Pro-skater Tony Hawk will develop skate choreography for the new show. Featured as a character in the novel, Tony Hawk, along with Anita Greenspan, and executive producer Adam Zotovich are producing.
“Slam is a funny, heartfelt coming-of-age story about 17-year-old Sam, a kid from a troubled background who finds refuge and hope in the world of skateboarding. When he falls in love for the first time, with a girl named Alicia, it seems like everything’s looking up – until she gets unexpectedly pregnant. Suddenly Sam has to grow up fast. Along the way, he finds guidance through imagined conversations with Tony Hawk, his idol. Nick Hornby’s witty novel is an exploration of young adulthood and what it means to wrestle with dreams and disappointments. The musical will reset the story in the U.S.”
The rest of the creative team will be announced at a later date.
Slam is currently aiming for the 2020-2021 Broadway season.