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Sir Paul McCartney adapts ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ in his first musical

Sir Paul McCartney is writing his first musical, an adaptation of one of the world’s most loved films. Frank Capra’s It’s A Wonderful Life.

Released in 1946, the award-winning film – which is based on Philip Van Doren Stern’s short story, The Greatest Gift – tells the story of George Bailey, a man struggling through life after sacrificing his dreams to help others.

Paul has partnered with British theatre and film impresario Bill Kenwright who will produce the show. In addition to writing the music, Paul has been working on the lyrics with the Tony Award-winning English screen and play writer Lee Hall, who is also responsible for the book of the musical.

Speaking about this news Paul said:

“Like many of these things, this all started with an email. Bill had asked if it was something I might be up for. Writing a musical is not something that had ever really appealed to me but Bill and I met up with Lee Hall and had a chat and I found myself thinking this could be interesting and fun. ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ is a universal story we can all relate to.”

You can listen to the original soundtrack below.

It’s a Wonderful Life is expected to debut towards the end of 2020.