As a tween, two of my favorite things in the world were 1. musicals 2. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series. Then the first film adaptation—starring Amber Tamblyn, America Ferrera, Blake Lively, and Alexis Bledel—came out and rocked my world. Then I stopped caring about the Sisterhood franchise, but I still love musicals, so a real part of me combined with a long-buried part of me was very much tickled by the news that The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is being developed into a musical!
Deadline reported on Tuesday that it’s technically the film franchise that is being adapted into a stage musical. Alcon Entertainment and Alloy Entertainment announced the venture and said that Blue Spruce Productions has acquired the theatrical rights from them. Blue Spruce will be the show’s lead producer, although Alcon and Alloy will reportedly remain involved in production and development as well. Alcon and Alloy co-produced the films The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005) and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (2008) so when it comes to traveling pants I’m pretty sure they know what they’re doing.
I’m kind of foggy on the subsequent books, but the original The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, for those who need the most basic of primers, is a rich and complex structure of summertime coming-of-age stories that hangs upon the marvel of a pair of pants that fits each of the novel’s four protagonists.
In April, rumors circulated that a third Sisterhood movie was possibly in the works. To me, the musical is happier news.