*A new stage musical adaptation of the 1994 film “Corinna, Corinna,” about an African American housekeeper who helps a young girl cope with the loss of her mother, is in development as a vehicle for six-time Tony Award-winning actress Audra McDonald, reports Playbill.com.
Jessie Nelson, who wrote, directed and produced the film, is collaborating with Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning librettist Brian Yorkey (Next to Normal, If/Then, The Last Ship) and Tony and Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken (Aladdin, Newsies, The Little Mermaid) on the stage musical.
Set in 1959, “Corinna Corinna” centers on Manny Singer, who loses his wife unexpectedly and is left to care for his young daughter. The young girl, who has not spoken since the death of her mother, is coaxed out of her shell when her father hires an African American housekeeper. The film starred Ray Liotta and Whoopi Goldberg.
Reps for McDonald could not confirm her participation in the project. The musical’s development was revealed in a bio for Nelson.