Tony Award-winning actor Laura Benanti has spent a lot of her quarantine launching a web-based motion the place she supplied to be an viewers for these whose musicals had been cancelled.
The challenge, #SunshineSongs, is now the inspiration for a particular for nascent streaming service HBO Max.
The WarnerMedia-owned service has greenlit Homeschool Musical: Class Of 2020, a scripted musical particular that options college students from throughout the U.S.
It marks the primary COVID-19-related order for HBO Max, which launched earlier this week.
Homeschool Musical: Class of 2020 will discover the themes of traditional teen films by way of the lens of a world turned the wrong way up by the worldwide pandemic. The solid, that includes a various group of scholar actors, will play seniors from the identical highschool and whereas the pandemic could have shut down their college, the drama and romantic intrigue stay on.
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Benanti, who additionally starred in Supergirl and Youthful, will exec produce together with Randy Barbato, Fenton Bailey, and Tom Campbell for World of Surprise Productions and Leland, who has labored with Ariana Grande and Selena Gomez will write and compose unique songs.
“As a mother of youngsters, I do know that this time has been a battle for them. Excessive College seniors particularly have been hit onerous by this pandemic, their desires of homecoming, promenade, spring performances and even commencement being cancelled,” mentioned Jennifer O’Connell, HBO Max’s government vp unique non-fiction and children programming. “Laura’s good thought to provide these youngsters an viewers and a platform has blossomed into this distinctive alternative for us to not solely have fun their expertise, however to entertain many different households throughout the nation sharing their expertise.”
“Our faculty reveals are extra than simply leisure. On the very least, they convey our communities collectively to revel within the expertise of our younger artists. At their finest, they’re a life altering expertise that these youngsters will convey with them into the remainder of their lives,” added Benanti. “I’m thrilled that the #SunshineSongs initiative has put the highlight on so many unbelievable younger performers; grateful to World of Surprise for its grand imaginative and prescient and to HBO Max for offering a worldwide platform on which America’s youth can shine.”
Benanti is represented by UTA and Untitled.