Sir Tim Rice, the lyricist behind musicals including Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Chess and The Lion King, will bring his new musical From Here To Eternity to London next year.

The world premiere of the show will be at the Shaftesbury Theatre from 30 September 2013, with an opening night on 23 October.

From Here To Eternity is based on the 1951 novel by James Jones which was turned into a blockbuster Hollywood movie starring Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr.

Set against the backdrop of America entering World War II, including the bombing of Pearl Harbour, the action involves two love stories. The musical will not shy away from some of the controversial subjects tackled in the novel  but that were cut from the movie, including a military investigation into homosexuality.

Tim Rice has written the musical with co-lyricist and composer Stuart Brayson and writer Bill Oakes. Tamara Harvey will direct the show at the Shaftesbury and has been heavily involved in developing the musical. She said recently that the show has “a really funny, moving and dramatic book” and that the daughter of writer James Jones had come over from New York to attend a workshop of the show and was “incredibly supportive.”

Earlier this year Rice told the New York Post that he was driven to the project by Stuart Brayson’s compositions for the show: “I liked his music very much, but when I asked him if he had the rights, he said, ‘Rights?’ I made a few phone calls, and it took some doing, but we finally got them.”

Casting is yet to be announced.

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