The Queen's Gambit, The Musical?
A scene from The Queen's Gambit. Image: Netflix.

The Queen's Gambit, The Musical?

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It looks like the popular Netflix series The Queen's Gambit will be turned into a musical. The production company Level Forward has won the rights to adapt Walter Tevis's 1983 novel for the stage.

"It is a privilege for Level Forward to lead the charge of bringing The Queen's Gambit to the stage through the beloved and enduring craft of musical theater," said Level Forward CEO Adrienne Becker and producer Julia Dunetz in a statement. "The story is a siren call amidst our contemporary struggles for gender and racial equity, and we're looking forward to moving the project forward."

Level Forward is a film, television, and theater production company focused on projects that extend the influence and opportunity of creative excellence and supports new voices. It was co-founded in 2018 by Abigail Disney, a grandniece of Walt Disney.

The company did not yet announce a creative team or any other details of the project. Therefore, it is not certain yet whether there will be an actual production.

The Queen's Gambit on Netflix has been a massive hit as it was watched by 62 million households in its first month. It recently won two Golden Globe awards as well as two Critics Choice awards.

If the series makes it to the stage, it wouldn't be the first musical about chess. In the 1980s, the musical "Chess" was highly successful, with a storyline set around a Cold War-era chess event and with music by ABBA's Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. After many performances all over the world, it premiered in Moscow only a few months ago, around the time The Queen's Gambit appeared on Netflix.

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