A stage adaption of acclaimed Irish movie musical Sing Street is headed to Broadway later this year, it has been announced.

Originally released in 2016, Sing Street is the second film by writer-director John Carney to be adapted for the stage, after the Oscar-winning Once, which won eight Tony Awards in 2012, including the award for Best Musical, and continues to tour globally.

Sing Street creator John Carney

Carney's tale is set in a Christian Brothers school in Dublin in the recession-hit 1980s, and follows new kid Conor and his schoolmates as they start a band to get the attention of the mysterious Raphina.

Sing Street has been adapted for the stage by playwright Enda Walsh (Disco Pigs, Ballyturk) who also penned the script for Once. The ensemble cast includes rising Irish star Zara Devlin, recently seen on the Irish stage in Rough Magic's acclaimed production of Hecuba.

The production debuted at New York's Theatre Workshop in December, to a favorable response from audiences and critics, with Barbara Broccoli, who oversees the James Bond movies, leading the production team. Many of the songs written by Carney and ex-Danny Wilson frontman Gary Clark for the original movie will prominently feature in the new version. 

Dubliner Carney is also the showrunner on Amazon TV series Modern Love, inspired by the popular New York Times column, which shoots its second season in New York later this year. 

Sing Street begins previews at Broadway's Lyceum Theatre on March 26, ahead of its official opening night on April 19 - find out more about the production here.