'Diary of a Wimpy Kid,' the musical? Yes, please!
Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, about a down-on-his-luck middle schooler named Greg Heffley, has already been turned into a movie franchise. Now it looks like it’ll be coming to the stage as well, courtesy of the Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis. Let’s do this!
Here’s the company’s description of the play: “Greg Heffley is in survival mode. All. The. Time. From bullies to his big brother to his height-challenged stature, he’s the wimpy kid we can all relate to. The beloved series hits the stage in a brand-new musical with Rowley, Manny, and of course, Rodrick joining in the mayhem. A ridiculous amount of fun for anyone who has survived, is surviving, or hopes to survive middle school, inspired by the award-winning and bestselling book series.”
A fun fact about these books? They actually originated online before they ever made it to the printed page. Diary of a Wimpy Kid was part of a website updated daily, though it soon caught the attention of fans and publishers — and the rights to the book were eventually purchased at New York Comic-Con in 2006.
Kinney first conceived of the series as something that might actually appeal more toward adults, but was later convinced that it would work much better when written for children. The first version of the online book was published in 2007, and since then, over 120 million books have been sold. And we don’t need to tell you how AWESOME the movies are.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Musical is scheduled to run from April 12 to June 5, 2016 at the CTC in Minneapolis, and if it’s a huge hit, it could even end up on Broadway. Fingers crossed, guys. Obviously, there’s no time like the present to catch up on reading the series if you haven’t cracked it open yet. We can’t wait to see how this translates to the stage — and what awesome adventures Greg and his friends will tackle now that his middle school problems will have a musical backdrop.
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