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‘Upstairs Downstairs’ The Musical

'Upstairs Downstaris was the Precursor to 'Downton Abbey'

Composer Stephen Endelman has acquired the rights to the iconic 1970s ITV drama “Upstairs Downstairs,” the precursor to “Downton Abbey,” and will convert it in a musical. Endelman (“De-Lovely”) nabbed the rights from co-creator John Whitney after striking up a friendship with his daughter, Fiona. In addition to Endelman, who is writing the music, the creative team will consist of other Los Angeles-based Brits including producer Adam Matalon, who is writing the book, and singer-songwriter Matt Goss, who will be the lyricist.

Hedge fund founder Reagan Silber is producing the musical, which will hold workshops in Los Angeles in November, and London in January. Other financial partners will become involved as the project develops.

“Other than technology, there’s very little difference between what is happening in the world today and what was going on then,” said Stephen Endelman of the show, which will use the classic “Upstairs Downstairs” characters to tell an original story set in 1911-12. “We’re still fighting; we still have a class system. I’m interested in exploring the genesis.”

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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  1. So pathetic…

    The War on Creativity is also fought on Broadway where everything has to be an “adaptation” of an 80s movie (or now TV show apparently!)

    The insane run the asylum.