“THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT” IS BEING DEVELOPED AS A MUSICAL AS STAGE RIGHTS ARE ACQUIRED BY LEVEL FORWARD
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE
ACQUIRES STAGE RIGHTS TO
“THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT”
WALTER TEVIS’ NOVEL IS BEING DEVELOPED
AS A MUSICAL FOR THE STAGE
New York, NY (March 8, 2021) – Level Forward, the story-driven, impact-minded entertainment company, has acquired the theatrical stage rights to Walter Tevis’ The Queen’s Gambit, and is developing the novel as a musical.
The Queen’s Gambit tells the story of Beth Harmon, an orphan turned chess prodigy. The novel, published in 1983, depicts Beth’s journey from Kentucky to Paris to Moscow and beyond. It is a chronicle of a young woman’s struggle to overcome a broken past and the demons of addiction, set against the practices and prejudices of a male-centered world.
Recently adapted into a Netflix miniseries, “The Queen’s Gambit” received two Critics’ Choice Awards last night: Best Limited Series and Best Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television for Anya Taylor-Joy’s portrayal of Beth Harmon. Last week, it received two Golden Globe Awards: Best Television Limited Series, Anthology Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television, and Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series, Anthology Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television. After just four weeks, “The Queen’s Gambit” became Netflix’s most-watched scripted miniseries with over 62 million viewers in the first month.
“It is a privilege for Level Forward to lead the charge of bringing The Queen’s Gambit to the stage through the beloved and enduring craft of musical theater. Told through a brave and fresh point of view, audiences are already sharing in the friendship and fortitude of the story’s inspiring women who energize and sustain Beth Harmon’s journey and ultimate triumph. The story is a siren call amidst our contemporary struggles for gender and racial equity, and we’re looking forward to moving the project forward,” said Level Forward CEO Adrienne Becker and Producer Julia Dunetz.
The deal was brokered on behalf of the Tevis Family Trust by Susan Schulman of the Susan Schulman Literary Agency, New York and Rachel Gould on behalf of Level Forward.
ABOUT “THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT”
Eight-year-old orphan Beth Harmon is quiet, sullen, and by all appearances unremarkable. That is, until she plays her first game of chess. Her senses grow sharper, her thinking clearer, and for the first time in her life she feels herself fully in control. By the age of sixteen, she’s competing for the U.S. Open championship. But as Beth hones her skills on the professional circuit, the stakes get higher, her isolation grows more frightening, and the thought of escape becomes all the more tempting.
ABOUT LEVEL FORWARD
Level Forward is an ecosystem of storytellers, businesspeople, and social change organizers focused on expanding the opportunity and influence of creative excellence in pursuit of equity and economic transformation. Since 2018, the company has produced and financed feature films of critical acclaim including narratives The Assistant and Holler, and documentaries On The Record and Rebel Hearts. On the stage, the company’s work has received 37 combined Tony Award nominations for Oklahoma! and What The Constitution Means To Me, and most recently, Jagged Little Pill and Slave Play. Additionally, via levelforward.live the company distributes films, and most recently, announced the launch of its “Arts Action Sessions,” which connect an expanding field of social change organizations to creative works, storytellers, and creative exercises for the purpose of cultural learning.
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