TEG+ has acquired the stage rights to Will Eisner’s cherished graphic novel A Contract With God and is adapting it into a Broadway musical. It will feature new and original songs written by a group of multi-platinum songwriters and Grammy Award winners composed of Sam Hollander, Lisa Loeb, Matisyahu, Ryan Miller (of Guster), and Jill Sobule. Hollander will also serve as music producer.
First published in 1978, A Contract With God is widely recognized as the very first — and also considered by many as the greatest — graphic novel in history, penned by one of the greatest cartoonists of all time. The novel consists of four interweaving stories revolving around the lives, struggles and dreams of infinitely relatable New Yorkers — many Jewish and many immigrants — living in a fictional tenement house. All of the members of the songwriting team are Jewish musicians and composers wishing to honor their Jewish heritage and the Jewish legacy of this masterwork. The team is about to enter writing and recording sessions, produced by Hollander. TEG+ is currently in the process of securing a book writer for the musical adaptation.
TEG+ is also in development for a limited TV series based on the graphic novel The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story. The Fifth Beatle is the only project about Brian Epstein, and the only non-documentary Beatles bio project, to have secured their music/songs.