Musical Version of From Here to Eternity to Hit the London Stage in 2012

Award-winning lyricist Tim Rice will bring a musical adaptation of James Jones’ 1951 novel From Here to Eternity to the London stage in 2012. The score will feature music by Stuart Brayson, lyrics by Brayson and Rice and a book by Bill Oakes. Tamara Harvey will direct the production. No theater or dates have been announced.

From Here to Eternity was Jones' debut novel, based loosely on his own experiences as a member of the 27th Infantry during World War II. It tells an extraordinary story of passion and honor on the Hawaiian island of Oahu shortly before and during the Pearl Harbor attack of December 7, 1941. It won the National Book Award for fiction in 1952 and was adapted into a 1953 film starring Burt Lancaster, Frank Sinatra, Montgomery Clift, Ernest Borgnine, Deborah Kerr and Donna Reed, which won eight Academy Awards.

Rice is best known for his collaborations with Andrew Lloyd Webber on smash-hit musicals like Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita. The pair recently reunited to contribute new songs to current West End revival The Wizard of Oz.

Rice is producing the show with Lee Menzies.