Dan Messe, the keyboardist and composer of Brooklyn indie band Hem, has been commissioned to adapt Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s modern classic for the stage. Although new to musicals, Messe, and his fellow Hem musicians Gary Maurer and Steve Curtis composed the score and songs for the Public Theater’s 2009 Shakespeare in the Park production of “Twelfth Night.” Yann Tiersen, who composed the beloved, accordion-based score for the film will not be involved with the production. Messe told Paste Magazine that he’s “not interested in doing Parisian music.”
The creative team includes Tony-nominated playwright Craig Lucas (“Prelude to a Kiss”) and co-lyricist Nathan Tysen (“The Burnt Part Boys”). Playbill.com has reported that Pam MacKinnon, a Tony winner this year for “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” is attached to direct.