Tony Hawk Is Producing a Broadway Musical About Skateboarding, Based on a Novel

Tony Hawk is a name usually associated with sports, but soon you could also associate it with theater.


A Broadway musical adaptation of the Nick Hornby novel Slam is in development, and Tony Hawk is set to be both a producer and skate choreographer for the show.


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The novel tells the story of Sam, a troubled teen who finds solace in the world of skateboarding. He eventually falls in love with a girl named Alicia, who complicates his life even more. Tony Hawk makes a brief appearance in the novel as one of Sam’s idols, giving the protagonist advice when he is at his lowest points.


The show is set to also be produced by veteran theater actor/producer Adam Zotovich and producer Anita Greenspan, who is also the wife of the play’s composer and lyric writer Mark Mothersbaugh. This will be Mothersbaugh’s first theatrical production, having previous done the music for films such as The Lego Movie and Thor: Ragnarok as well as television shows like Rugrats. Kyle Jarrow, the Tony Award winning composer of The SpongeBob Musical, will write the script.


This is one of many Nick Hornby adaptations, as Fever PitchHigh Fidelity and About A Boy were all adapted into feature films. This is also the second time Slam has been adapted, as an Italian film adaptation was released on Netflix in 2017.


The Broadway production is set for a 2020-2021 run.



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