The world premiere of HIGH NOON written by Eric Roth and directed by Michael Arden will come to Broadway in 2023
The world premiere production of HIGH NOON, based on the iconic and beloved Oscar-winning film of the same title, will hit Broadway in 2023.
Based on Stanley Kramer’s groundbreaking 1952 Oscar-winning film, HIGH NOON is written for the stage by Oscar-winning Eric Roth and directed by Tony-nominated Michael Arden. HIGH NOON will become the first Western play to premiere on Broadway in over 85 years.
Mr Roth was nominated for six Best Adapted Screenplay Oscars for his work on The Insider, Munich, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, A Star is Born, Dune and Forrest Gump, for which he won the award. He will make his Broadway debut with HIGH NOON. Michael Arden returns to the stage following acclaimed revivals of Deaf West’s Spring Awakening and Once on This Island, for which he received Tony nominations for Best Direction with both productions. Once On This Island won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical that season.
Paula Wagner said: “When Eric Roth presented his vision for a stage adaptation of HIGH NOON, I immediately saw the potential for a theatrical presentation of the iconic story to do the right thing despite public opinion. More relevant today than ever, Stanley Kramer’s film continues to captivate audiences with a classic Western portrayal of a person standing up for what is right in the face of apathy and rejection. will bring these classic characters to life in a timeless setting of bravery and civic responsibility. The talent and vision of director Michael Arden will provide a fresh perspective on these classic themes. Hunter and I look forward to giving HIGH NOON its rightful place. on the scene.
The upcoming Broadway production will run in real time over a two-hour runtime, similar to the film. Exact dates, additional design team, cast, and theater will be announced at a later date.
HIGH NOON is considered one of the most influential films of its time, recognized not only for advancing the Western genre as a whole, but also for the roles and portrayal of women. Turner Classic Movies recently celebrated the 70th anniversary of the beloved film starring Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly, which received seven Academy Awards for Best Actor, Best Director, Best Editing, Best Music and Best Song, Best Screenplay and Best Picture as well as four Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Score and Best Black and White Cinematography.
HIGH NOON was selected by the Library of Congress in 1989 for preservation in the National Film Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. The film’s influence has resurfaced over the years, not just in Western films, but in every genre where filmmakers have recreated or borrowed the quintessential story.
Karen S. Kramer said, “Today we see our Constitution challenged like never before in our history. The story of HIGH NOON reminds us of what we stand for: truth, justice and the hard-fought values of We are fortunate that the future of HIGH NOON is now in the hands of talents such as one of the most esteemed voices of our time, writer and playwright Eric Roth, and remarkable producer Paula Wagner. Stanley Kramer’s HIGH NOON legacy is safely sustained with these two great artists.We look forward to the reimagined story for future generations.
101 Productions, Ltd. serves as general manager.
Karen S. Kramer and her partner, Steve Jaffe, are consulting producers.
ERIC ROTH (Playwright) Academy Award® winner Eric Roth attended the University of California at Santa Barbara, Columbia University and UCLA. His first produced screenplay was Robert Mulligan’s The Nickel Ride, which premiered at the 1975 Cannes Film Festival. Films Mr. Roth wrote include The Drowning Pool with Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, Suspect with Cher, Dennis Quaid and Liam Neesan, Mr. Jones with Richard Gere. He wrote Rhapsody in August for legendary director Akira Kurosawa. He wrote the Academy Award for Best Picture Forrest Gump for which he won the Academy Award and the Writers Guild Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Other films include The Horse Whisperer directed by and starring Robert Redford, The Insider for which he was nominated along with Michael Mann for Best Adapted Screenplay, Ali directed by Michael Mann and starring Will Smith, Munich directed by Steven Spielberg for which he was nominated with with Tony Kushner for Best Adapted Screenplay, The Good Shepherd directed by Robert De Niro and starring Matt Damon, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button directed by David Fincher and starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett for which he was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close directed by Stephen Daldry with Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock, A Star is Born with Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga for which it was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay with Bradley Cooper and Will Fetters . He produced David Fincher’s Mank starring Gary Oldman and Amanda Seyfried which was nominated in 2021 for Best Picture. In 2022, he was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay with Denis Villeneuve and Jon Spaihts for Dune directed by Denis Villeneuve and starring Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya. In television, Mr. Roth was the executive producer of the five-time Emmy-nominated “House of Cards” for Netflix, “Berlin Station” for Paramount Television and Epix, and the outstanding limited series “The Alienist”, nominated at the 2018 Emmy Awards for Paramount Television and TNT. He is executive producer with Billy Crystal of the show “Before” for Apple Television. Currently, Mr. Roth is writing the screenplay for Killers of the Flower Moon with Martin Scorsese, directed by Mr. Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro. He wrote with Robert Zemeckis the next Here directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Tom Hanks and Robin Wright for Miramax and Sony Studios. He is writing the adapted screenplay of Jo Nesbo’s short story London for Lionsgate, directed by Ben Stiller and starring Oscar Isaac as well as a biopic for Cher for Universal and Playtone and a love story for Netflix. Mr. Roth won the prestigious Laurel Award for Screen in 2012, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Writers Guild of America West. Along with John Houston, he wrote the most nominated adapted screenplays (six) and along with Billy Wilder, Mr. Roth wrote the most Best Picture nominations (eight). He lives in Los Angeles and has 7 children and 6 grandchildren.
Michael Arden (director) is a two-time Tony Award-nominated director for his Broadway revivals of Spring Awakening and Once On This Island. He won the Ovation and Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Director of a Musical for Spring Awakening. Once On This Island received the Tony Award for Best Revival and went on a sold-out national tour. Other theatrical credits include: A Christmas Carol with Jefferson Mays (LA Ovation Award for Best Play and Direction) which will open on Broadway this holiday season, Maybe Happy Ending at the Alliance Theater in Atlanta, Joseph…at the Lincoln Center and ALIEN/NATION with his company, The Forest of Arden, at the Williamstown Theater Festival, and a new production of Guys and Dolls at the Imperial Theater in Tokyo, Japan. Michael’s new production PARADE by Jason Robert Brown and Alfred Uhry starring Ben Platt and Micaela Diamond will open this fall at the City Center. He regularly directs The Conners for ABC and has appeared in numerous feature films and television shows. Michael is a Presidential Arts Fellow and alumnus of the Juilliard School. He was named to Variety’s Broadway Impact list and the winner of an NAACP award. Michael directs worldwide and has mounted large-scale productions in Russia, Germany and Japan. His company The Forest of Arden seeks to bring immersive, sight-specific work to communities and provide space for inclusive and equitable art. www.theforestofarden.com
Paula Wagner (producer) develops and produces film, theatre, television and new media projects through her company, Chestnut Ridge Productions. Broadway production credits include Pretty Woman: The Musical. After Broadway, the show took place in Hamburg, and has been touring the West End for a year. The first US national tour kicked off in 2021 and is now entering its second year. Additionally, she produced The Heiress with Jessica Chastain, Grace with Paul Rudd and Michael Shannon, and Terrence McNally’s Tony-nominated play Mothers and Sons. Ms. Wagner is co-founder of Cruise/Wagner Productions, which has produced such notable films as Mission Impossible I, II, III, The Last Samurai, Vanilla Sky, The Others, Shattered Glass and produced Steven’s War of Words Spielberg. . She was CEO of United Artists from 2006 to 2008, and earlier in her career she was a top talent agent at the Creative Artists Agency. Recently, she produced the acclaimed film Marshall, starring Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad and Kate Hudson. Additionally, she served as executive producer of the critically acclaimed and award-winning Lifetime Original Five, five shorts directed by five female directors. She produced the Governors Awards ceremony for the Motion Picture Academy in 2013 and produced the 2011 and 2012 Producers Guild Awards broadcasts.
Wagner was honored by Premiere magazine with the Women in Hollywood Icon Award in 2001. The following year, she was featured in Bravo’s “Women on Top,” a documentary that featured outstanding women in entertainment. In October 2006, she received the Sherry Lansing Award from the Big Brothers Big Sisters Organization. She was also honored by the Costume Designers Guild with its Swarovski President’s Award in 2008, and at the Deauville American Film Festival in 2012. She was one of the recipients of the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards in 2016, and the Cameraimage producer with Unique Visual Sensitivity Award in 2017. Wagner is a member of AMPAS, PGA, Broadway League and an ambassador for ReFrame for Women In Film, a formal action plan to promote gender parity men and women in the media industry. Wagner is an alumnus of Carnegie Mellon University and serves on the board of trustees.
Hunter Arnold (Producer) Select Broadway and West End: Hadestown (Tony), The Inheritance (Tony and Olivier), A Strange Loop (Tony), Company (Tony), The Kite Runner, Into the Woods, Cabaret (Olivier), Back Towards the Future (Olivier), Moulin Rouge! (Tony and Olivier Nomination), Dear Evan Hansen (Tony and Olivier). Select Off-Broadway: Little Shop of Horrors. Select a film: A Christmas Carol with Jefferson Mays. @huntercarnold