Musical Version of Watcher in the Woods in Development | Playbill

Readings and Workshops Musical Version of Watcher in the Woods in Development

Douglas Thompson and Johanna Telander are writing the new show based on Florence Engel Randall's novel, previously adapted for the screen by Disney.

Douglas Thompson and Johanna Telander

A new musical adaptation of Florence Engel Randall's 1976 novel The Watcher in the Woods is in development, with music by Johanna Telander and a book and lyrics by Douglas Thompson. Saki Kawamura is attached to direct.

The project has recorded a complete studio demo with performances from Dayna Grayber, Troy Iwata, Izze Stein, Davna Ceron, and Julie James. A staged workshop is planned for fall 2024.

The work centers on Jan, who, while still recovering from losing her father, stumbles onto a 50-year-old mystery of a young girl's disappearance. The work was previously adapted for the big screen in 1980 by Walt Disney with Bette Davis, David McCallum, and Kyle Richards starring. Angelica Huston led a 2017 remake for Lifetime, directed by Melissa Joan Hart.


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