Oscar-nominated “CODA” stage musical in the works

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“CODA,” the Oscar-nominated film about a singing teenage daughter in a deaf family, is being developed as a stage musical by Los Angeles-based Deaf West Theater.

The project was announced Wednesday by the film’s producers, Vendôme Pictures and Pathé Films, ahead of Sunday’s Oscars, where “CODA” competes for best picture. Sian Heder’s CODA, which Apple TV+ acquired for $25 million after its Sundance Film Festival debut, was adapted from a 2014 French film.

The 2014 film “La Famille Bélier” didn’t star deaf actors as parents, but “CODA” was widely praised for its authenticity. The cast includes Marlee Matlin, Daniel Durant and Oscar nominee Troy Kotsur.

“So this is an opportunity to come full circle with the story by giving it back to members of the deaf community and making the music accessible through our signed and sung live adaptation of the film,” said DJ Kurs, Artistic Director of Deaf West Theater. in a statement. “It is our organization’s mission to be the artistic bridge between the deaf and hearing communities, and we are truly excited and honored to begin this live iteration of a story that brings both sides of the aisle together and addresses our paths around the whole.” move the world.”

No production schedule has been announced yet. Matlin, Kotsur and Durant have all previously performed at Deaf West, an acclaimed non-profit theater founded in 1991 that performs deaf and hearing actors in productions performed in both sign language and spoken English. Several of Deaf West’s previous musical productions, including Big River and Spring Awakening, have made it to Broadway.

Kotsur in particular has been a mainstay on the stages of the Deaf West. Beginning with Of Mice and Men in 1994, he has acted in about 20 productions with the theater company, including Cyrano, American Buffalo, and A Streetcar Named Desire.

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