NBC is developing Voice Of The City, an hourlong New York City-set period musical drama from Tony-nominated Claudia Shear (Dirty Blonde), Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land), Oscar winner Bruce Cohen (American Beauty) and Universal TV.
Written and executive produced by Shear, Voice Of The City is set in New York City in 1891, a world as sexy, shocking and gritty as today. Described as a drama with original musical elements that captures the rise of New York, Voice Of The City is a sweeping story told from the point of view of a romantic showman, Patrick, and his love, Lucy, as they struggle to create a life in a new land in the only business they know. Pasek and Paul are executive producing along with Cohen. Universal TV Studios is the studio.
Actress and playwright Shear was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play and Best Actress for Dirty Blonde. Her new musical adaptation of Tuck Everlasting opens on Broadway in the spring, directed by Tony-winning director/choreographer Casey Nicholaw.
Pasek and Paul are the Tony- and Emmy-nominated songwriters of the upcoming movie musicals La La Land, directed by Damien Chazelle and starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, and The Greatest Showman, directed by Michael Gracey and starring Hugh Jackman; Broadway’s A Christmas Story and other stage musicals James And The Giant Peach, Dogfight and Dear Evan Hansen; and selected numbers from TV’s Smash.
Cohen won the Best Picture Oscar for producing American Beauty (1999) along with Dan Jinks. He earned additional Best Picture nominations for Milk (2008) and Silver Linings Playbook (2012) and is producing Bleed For This starring Miles Teller and Aaron Eckhart for release in 2016.
Shear is represented by CAA and Schreck Rose. Pasek and Paul are represented by CAA, Kraft-Engel Management, and Schreck Rose. Cohen is with CAA and attorney Eric Brooks of Bloom Hergott.