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Monday, May 20, 2013 - 11:53am

Broadway Picks Up Savannah Book Classic

Updated: 1 year ago.
Anne Hamburger, a New York theater producer, plans to turn the Savannah-centered book "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" into a Broadway musical. (photo Zack Lee)

The Savannah-centered book "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" is getting the Broadway treatment.

New York theater producer Anne Hamburger plans to turn the real-life murder-mystery into a musical.

The book written by John Berendt helped to propel Savannah into the public eye and spurred tourism when it became a bestseller almost 20 years ago.

"John Berendt is very philosophical about it," says John Duncan, a Savannah antique map seller and friend of the author. "He likes the buzz and anything that can sell more books."

Hamburger has hired Atlanta author Alfred Uhry of "Driving Miss Daisy" fame to write the script.

The production is expected to debut at Atlanta's Alliance Theater, according to Duncan.