Tony Hawk to produce Broadway musical based on skater novel 'Slam'

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Posted at 5:12 PM, Jan 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-16 20:18:47-05

(KGTV) — Skateboarding icon Tony Hawk is taking his talents to the Broadway stage.

The book, "Slam," is being adapted into a Broadway musical, with Hawk set to help produce and as a skate choreographer, according to Deadline.

Similar to the 2007 skater novel by author Nick Hornby, which includes Hawk as a character, producers say the musical will follow the coming-of-age story about a 17-year-old named Sam, who finds refuge in the world of skateboarding.

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Sam falls in love with a girl named Alicia and during their relationship, she becomes pregnant. Sam must grow up and finds guidance along the way via imagined conversations with his idol, Tony Hawk, Deadline reports.

Devo frontman and composer Mark Mothersbaugh will write the music and lyrics to the musical, according to Deadline. Mothersbaugh is no stranger to skating. Devo was inducted into the Skate Boarding Hall of Fame in 2013 and the band's music was featured in the skater documentary "Dogtown and Z-Boys."

Hawk also brings a history of skate choreography to the stage. The icon created the Boom Boom HuckJam tour, which combines choreography of skating, BMX biking, motocross, and Devo's music.

Hornby, who also wrote "About A Boy" and "Fever Pitch," set his story in London but the musical will be set in the U.S.