'Family Ties' to be reimagined as stage play
What’s old is new again. Or at least prime for a reboot of some sort.
Playbill.com is reporting that Family Ties, the sitcom that turned Michael J. Fox into a household name, is being turned into a stage play. Araca Group, the production company behind such well known plays as Wicked and Book of Mormon, will lead the project. They’ve already signed on Kleban Award winner Daniel Goldstein to write the script.
The Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning sitcom, which ran on NBC from 1982-89, centers on former hippies (Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter) and their experiences raising their family in suburbia. Fox played their son Alex, a young Republican. Justine Batemen and Tina Yothers were cast as the two daughters. Later in the show’s run, the family had another child, Andrew (Brian Bonsall).
“Family Ties is a timeless comedy featuring a close-knit American family with vastly differing interests and politics, which very much resonates in America today. And Danny is the ideal collaborator to bring these beloved characters and their stories to the stage,” Michael Barra, president, Media & Entertainment at The Araca Group, said in a statement.
As a nod to the series setting, Family Ties will premiere at The Human Race Theatre Company in Dayton, OH. It will run from June 1-June 25, 2017.