Hidden Figures: Oscar Winning Movie About Black Women In NASA Might Get Musical Treatment

By Diane Samson | 2 years ago
Hidden Figures: Oscar Winning Movie About Black Women In NASA Might Get Musical Treatment
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Hidden Figures, the biopic about three African-American women who help send the first American to space has won several awards. It was highly lauded by critics and viewers alike. That is why it is no surprise that a few months after its release on the silver screen, there are already talks of adapting the movie into a musical. Janelle Monae and music composer Pharell Williams revealed that the three rule-breaking women of NASA might eventually make their way to Broadway.

 Hidden Figures Movie Details

The biographical drama centers on the three African-American mathematicians employed by NASA during the early years of the US space program. Taraji P. Henson starred as Katherine Johnson, the mathematician who calculated the flight trajectory for the mission that sent John Glenn into orbit. Meanwhile, Octavia Spencer played the role of Dorothy Vaughan, a mathematician and human computer who taught herself and her team the programming language of FOTRAN. She was the first African-American woman to supervise a staff at NASA. Monae portrayed Mary Jackson, the first black female aerospace engineer. Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons and Glen Powell also star.

Hidden Figures was released to theaters on Jan. 6, 2017. It went on to receive recognition from The Academy, Golden Globes, BAFTA, Screen Actor’s Guild and others. In terms of earnings, it grossed over $158 million in local ticket sales and another $36 million from international box office. Needless today, it has become a rather successful movie and adaptations through other mediums should follow next.

Broadway Musical Plans

While Fox has not confirmed whether the movie will crossover to Broadway, Monae, and Pharell teased that there might be plans to make Hidden Figures: The Musical. Monae admitted that there are talks for a musical adaptation during the New York premiere of the movie. She also has a suggestion on who should be cast as one of the lead stars.

“Allison (Schroeder), the writer of the script, she was talking to me about it,” she told Simon Thompson of Forbes. “And [Spencer] the best singer and so she should definitely sing all the numbers, she should sing every song in there.”

Music played a major part in the movie’s success, therefore, a transition from film to stage should not be too difficult. Williams, who composed the music, could not say whether a musical adaptation could happen. But he teased that something might be on the drawing board.

If it happens, Hidden Figures will not be the first movie to get a musical treatment on Broadway. Titles like HairsprayBeauty and the Beast and The Lion King are only a few movies that made an even more successful transition into stage.

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About the author

Diane Samson is a graduate of Literature. In her spare time, she loves to watch movies and television shows. She joined MNG in February 2016.