Story of world’s most expensive painting to become new theatrical production.

NEW YORK, NY, July 28, 2020 /Neptune100/ — Caiola Productions is proud to announce its latest effort in development to bring the story of the world’s most expensive painting, the Salvator Mundi, to the stage as a new musical production.

The show will follow the story of how a shredded, scratched, wooden panel painting of Jesus purchased for $1,100 in 2005, evolved to become the Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece (lost for over 500 years) titled Salvator Mundi that in 2017 was auctioned at Christie’s Auction house for over 450 million dollars.

The show’s producer describes Salvator Mundi! the Musical as a combination between the historical reportage of Hamilton with the fantasy and delight of Willy Wonka’s golden ticket.

The five time Tony Award® winning production company has tapped Broadway legend and nine time Tony Award® winning producer Manny Azenberg as a consultant for the project.

Veteran writer, dramatist and creator of theatrical revues, Deborah Grace Winer is onboard to write the book. Caiola Production is planning to begin industry readings in early spring 2021, toward production sometime in 2022.

For more information please contact: [email protected]

Caiola Productions is a five-time Tony Award® and two-time Drama Desk Award award winning theater and film production and investment company founded by winning brother and sister producing team Luigi Caiola and Rose Caiola. Award-winning productions co-produced by Caiola Productions include Once on this Island (Tony Award® for Best Revival of a Musical), Dear Evan Hansen (winner of 6 Tony Awards® including Best Musical), The Color Purple (winner of 2 Tony Awards® for Best 1 Musical Revival and Best Leading Actress), All The Way starring Bryan Cranston (winner of 2 Tony Awards® for Best Play and Best Leading Actor, Drama Desk Award Outstanding Play), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (winner of 3 Tony Awards® for Best Revival of a Play, Best Director, and Best Leading Actor). Upcoming Broadway productions include Pretty Woman the Musical and Lifespan of a Fact starring Daniel Radcliffe and Cherry Jones. Past Broadway productions include Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel, Fiddler on the Roof, An Act of God, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Natasha Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, Sunday in the Park with George, Significant Other, Sylvia, On Your Feet, China Doll, and Spring Awakening, You Can’t Take It With You, The Elephant Man(Drama Desk Award Outstanding Revival of a Play), It’s Only A Play, An American in Paris,The Realistic Joneses, The Bridges of Madison County Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Glengarry Glen Ross starring Al Pacino, The Heiress, Macbeth starring Alan Cumming, The Anarchist starring Patti LuPone and Debra Winger, and Godspell. Off-Broadway, Caiola Productions has been represented by Daddy Long Legs and Nevermore — the Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe. On tour, Caiola Productions has been a co-producer of Porgy & Bess, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Fiddler on the Roof, others. Each of Rose and Luigi have produced individually as well — detailed credits can be found in their separate bios.

Deborah Grace Winer has created numerous shows, her collaborations including Jazz at Lincoln Center, Lincoln Center Theatre, Feinstein’s 54 Below, Birdland Theater, Primary Stages, the Women’s Project, the Westport Country Playhouse, and the 92nd Street Y, where for a decade she was Artistic Director of the legendary Lyrics & Lyricists™ American Songbook concert series. She is the author of a number of books, and her book about the pioneering woman songwriter, Dorothy Fields, was recently named by the Wall Street Journal one of the five best books of all time about American songwriters.