Writer joins Showtime's Broadway TV project

Veteran playwright/TV scribe Theresa Rebeck to pen script

Veteran playwright/TV writer Theresa Rebeck has been tapped to write Showtime's Broadway series project.

The untitled project, a brainchild of Steven Spielberg, chronicles the development of an original Broadway musical, from the inception of the idea through the opening night and everything in between.

If the project goes to series, the intention is to take the musical at the center of the show to the stage.

DreamWorks TV principals Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey, who executive produce the project with Spielberg, had known Rebeck's work writing for such series as "NYPD Blue," "L.A. Law" and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent."

They zeroed in on her for the Broadway project after reading her comedy play "The Understudy," which is running off-Broadway with Julie White and Mark-Paul Gosselaar starring.

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who have produced several successful film and TV musical adaptations, are also exec producing along with the CAA-repped Rebeck.

Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, who are on board to write the songs, also are expected to exec produce.