Water for Elephants author Sara Gruen is a triple threat! First, her book Water for Elephants was a major bestseller, then a hit movie, and now it’s BROADWAY BOUND!

That’s right! Soon you’ll be able to step right up and see Water for Elephants live on stage.

Read the full press release below!



Sara Gruen’s
Critically Acclaimed Best-Selling Novel
To be transformed into a musical for Broadway

Producers Peter Schneider and Elisabetta di Mambro, in association with Broadway Across America and Mehr! Entertainment, announced today that they have acquired the worldwide rights to reimagine Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants as a musical for the stage. The novel has been published in 43 countries and is the best-selling novel in the history of Algonquin Books, with over 10 million copies sold worldwide.

In this Depression-era novel, young Jacob Jankowski’s life is dramatically changed when he is tossed by fate onto a train that is the home of the “Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.” Just shy of his veterinary degree, Jacob is hired to doctor the circus’s animal menagerie. During this time, he bonds with Marlena, the beautiful equestrian star married to August, the charismatic but emotionally troubled superintendent of animals. The tempestuous triangle that develops becomes even more complicated when Rosie, an Asian elephant with a personality to match any of the humans, enters the picture. “The Great Gray Hope” for this third-rate traveling show raises the stakes—both literally and figuratively—in this romantic saga of love and trust pitted against danger and evil.  

“I have loved Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants since it was first published and was captivated by its theatricality,” says Peter Schneider, producer of the global smash hit The Lion King. “It is so dramatic - a woman who is trapped in a relationship for all the wrong reasons meets and falls in love with a man for all the right reasons. Throw in an elephant as a matchmaker and you have the potential for a show of great imagination and emotional depth.”

“The novel evokes an exotic, colorful and gorgeous world and yet its very human emotions are instantly recognizable and universal,” says Elisabetta di Mambro, producer of The Old Woman, starring Mikhail Baryshnikov and Willem Dafoe. “We are just starting the creative process, beginning to talk with composers, writers, and directors who can help transform this vibrant world onto the musical stage. Aware of the exciting challenge ahead of us, we are grateful that Sara Gruen has given us the rights to bring her beloved story and characters to life as a global musical.”

“I am beyond thrilled to be involved in a creative process that is entirely new to me, especially with such wonderfully talented people at the helm to reimagine my work for the stage,” says Sara Gruen. “When I wrote the book, I hoped people would think about the way we treat those who are dependent on us—animals, the elderly, the debilitated, as well as the power of love in all its forms, and it’s going to be amazing to see this message delivered in such an exciting medium.”

Sara Gruen is the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Water for Elephants, Ape House, Riding Lessons, and Flying Changes. Her works have been translated into 43 languages, and have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide. Water for Elephantswas adapted into a major motion picture starring Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson, and Christoph Waltz in 2011. She lives in western North Carolina with her husband and three sons, along with their dogs, cats, horses, birds, and the world’s fussiest goat.

Her stunning new novel At the Water’s Edge (a Spiegel & Grau hardcover) goes on sale March 31, 2015, and has received rave advance reviews. A young socialite in Philadelphia, a social misstep on New Year’s Eve in 1944 that changes everything, a journey by ship from America to Scotland during WWII, a husband, a best friend, and the tiny Highland village of Drumnadrochit—these are the opening snapshots in her fifth novel.

Water for Elephants was published by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill in May 2006. Soon after its publication, the book appeared on national hardcover bestseller lists, including theNew York Times list. The hardcover remained on the NYT list for more than 10 months. The trade paperback edition was published in the spring of 2007, rose to #1 on the New York Timesbestseller list, and remained on the list for almost five years. It also has the distinction of appearing as the #1 book on the trade paper, mass market, and e-book New York Timesbestseller lists simultaneously.

Peter Schneider, the Tony Award-winning producer of the global phenomenon, The Lion King, is also an acclaimed theater director and a former Disney film executive whose 17-year tenure at the studio included the development of such animated classics as “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin” and “The Lion King,” an extraordinary renaissance of creativity captured in the documentary, “Waking Sleeping Beauty.”  

Elisabetta di Mambro has produced the work of Robert Wilson worldwide for the past 25 years, and runs a production company based in Italy, Change Performing Arts, responsible for commissioning, producing and presenting the works of established international artists in theater and in visual arts.

Broadway Across America (BAA) is part of the Key Brand Entertainment family of companies, which includes, and is under the leadership of John Gore (Owner & CEO).  Current and past productions include Beautiful, Pippin, Million Dollar Quartet, Hairspray and The Producers.

Mehr! Entertainment (M!E) is one of Germany’s leading Live Entertainment companies that produces shows currently including Starlight Express, Dirty Dancing, CATS, among others. Founded by producer and CEO Maik Klokow in 2008, M!E also owns and operates theater venues in Hamburg, Bremen, Cologne, Berlin, Duesseldorf and Bochum and acts as a Rock and Pop Promoter with more than 1,100 concerts per year.

Further information about the creative team will be announced at a later time.

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SARA GRUEN NEWS: ‘At the Water’s Edge’ Release Date Moved Up to March 31

Merry Christmas, Water for Elephants fans! REJOICE! Sara Gruen’s next book, At the Water’s Edge, has had it’s release date moved up to March 31! at waters edge

Pre-order the book now. Below are handy links to pre-order:

To read an excerpt of At the Water’s Edge, click here.

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Other books by Sara Gruen:

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Sara Gruen Update: New Website and Pre-Sale Links for ‘At the Water’s Edge’

Water for Elephants author, Sara Gruen, has recently had her website redesigned and it looks great! For all of you that have book clubs, she has reading group guides for each of her books. Please make sure to check it out!

at waters edgeSara’s next book, At the Water’s Edge, is hitting shelves on June 2, however, you can pre-order the book now. Below are handy links to pre-order:

To read an excerpt of At the Water’s Edge, click here.

Follow Sara Gruen on social media:

Make sure to pre-order now! And while you’re at it, check out Sara’s repertoire of books:

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SARA GRUEN NEWS: ‘At the Water’s Edge’ Novel Coming in 2015

We are so excited to be one of two outlets breaking this incredible news! To let a fan site break this news shows how much Sara really loves her fans, right?! READ ON!

at waters edgeIn this new novel from the author of the #1 New York Times best seller Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen again demonstrates her talent for creating spellbinding period pieces. In At the Water’s Edge, she tells the gripping and poignant story of a privileged young woman’s moral and sexual awakening as she experiences the devastations of World War II in a Scottish Highland village.

Madeline Hyde, a young socialite from Philadelphia, reluctantly follows her husband and their best friend to the tiny village of Drumnadrochit in search of the Loch Ness monster—at the same time that a very real monster, Hitler, wages war against the Allied Forces. Despite German warplanes flying overhead and scarce food rations (and even scarcer stockings), what Maddie discovers—about the larger world and about herself—through the unlikely friendships she develops with the villagers, opens her eyes not only to the dark forces that exist around her but to the beauty and surprising possibilities as well.sara-gruen

We will post pre-order links as soon as they are live, so stay tuned and share this news with all your friends and book clubs!

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Cover Girl! Tai makes Vanity Fair’s Hollywood Issue and Water for Elephants gets a mention!

Vanity Fair’s March 2013 issue is the Hollywood Issue and guess who got a spot on the cover? Tai! She’s located in the fold out flap but we’re still excited. The caption even mentions Water for Elephants as the highlighted film she’s appeared in.


cover-march-2013-fullExcerpt from Vanity Fair:

Weber’s wild(life) wit continues inside, as Les Misérables’ Redmayne and Bella Heathcote dance with a bear, tiger cubs make an appearance, and the most fawned-over participant in the whole production—Tai the elephant—mugs for the camera. Tai, who has her own IMDb page and several starring film credits, at one point walked through the soundstage at Hollywood Center Studios and began to perform some of her favorite tricks. Later that day she even gave Gomez a ride on her trunk.

Click HERE for a video on Tai!

item5.rendition.slideshowHorizontal.hollywood-portfolio-behind-the-scenes-ss07Click HERE for more info on the Vanity Fair shoot by Bruce Weber!

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VIDEO: Water for Elephants is coming to HBO!

Set those DVRs. Plan a movie night. Or…pop in your DVD. ;) Doesn’t matter. Water for Elephants debuts on HBO April 21st! Check out the teaser clip promoting the cable debut.

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Congratulations to Water for Elephants winning Best Drama at the People’s Choice Awards

Water for Elephants took home the trophy for Best Drama at the People’s Choice Awards last night. Robert Pattinson was on hand to accept the award.

Congratulations cast and crew of WFE!

Additionally, we want to congratulate Jacqueline West (costume designer) for winning a Satellite Award last month for Water for Elephants!

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Water for Elephants nominated for Satellite Awards & People’s Choice Awards!

Kicking off the award season is the International Press Academy’s 16th Golden Satellite Awards. Water for Elephants has been nominated for 3 categories!

  • Best Original Score
  • Best Art Direction
  • Best Costume Design

Congratulations to James Newton Howard, Jack Fisk, David Crank, and Jacqueline West. Click HERE to view a full list and see the competition. The ceremony will be held Dec. 18th in Beverly Hills.


Water for Elephants is also nominated for 4 People’s Choice Awards.

  • Favorite Movie Actor – Robert Pattinson
  • Favorite Movie Actress – Reese Witherspoon
  • Favorite Drama Movie – Water for Elephants
  • Favorite Book Adaptation – Water for Elephants

Since it’s the People’s Choice, you have a say in who wins. Click HERE to start voting! The ceremony will be held Jan. 11, 2012 and will air on CBS.

Good luck WFE!



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Available now! Water for Elephants on DVD. We check out the Special Features!

Finally! Today the wait is over… Water for Elephants is now available on DVD and Blu Ray!

It’s been too long since we could see this wonderful movie in the theatre and I’ve been counting the days until I would have my very own DVD to watch whenever I want. I was lucky enough to get an advance copy – I may or may not have scared the delivery man when it arrived ;) – and am so excited to tell you about it.

The version I received has a “postcard” attached to the DVD cover, a gilded image of the same photo used on the cover. A nice little keepsake. Now, yes I was excited to see the movie again but I was also very excited about the special features and went to them first. Even the disc menu is made pretty with vintage-looking animations that take you right to the era of the 1931 circus.

The special features include:

Robert Pattinson and Francis Lawrence on the Water for Elephants set

Exclusive Robert Pattinson Spotlight: A great little ode to Rob! The director, producer and screenwriter, as well as Reese Witherspoon, share why Robert Pattinson was the perfect Jacob Jankowski and what special qualities he brought to the Water for Elephants production. This feature also includes an interview with Robert Pattinson talking about his experience filming and what drew him to the project as well.

Reese Witherspoon as Marlena Rosenbluth

Feature Performer Reese Witherspoon: Mesmerizing! This is a wonderful look at just how dedicated Reese was to the role of Marlena, training and rehearsing extensively so that she could perform the circus acts in the film. Features interviews with both Reese Witherspoon and circus choreographer, Sebastien Stella. There’s a sweet moment where Reese says she wishes there was a ticker at the bottom of the movie telling everyone, “That’s really me!”

The Traveling Show – Page to Screen: This is a fantastic look at the journey from the earliest inspiration for Sara Gruen’s best-selling novel through the production of the big screen adaptation. Interviews with Sara Gruen, director Francis Lawrence and screenwriter Richard LaGravenese detail the process of creating the story, condensing for filming and casting the main characters. There’s lots of behind the scenes information here: cast interviews, set stories and production details.

Audio Commentary with Director Francis Lawrence and Screenwriter Richard LaGravenese: I know, I know… we were all hoping a cast member or two would be doing commentary. I’ll admit, I went into watching the film with commentary with perhaps just a bit of bitterness. ;) However, I found it really insightful and very entertaining (Francis Lawrence likes to swear! Who knew?). There are lots of goodies here, technical stuff and their gut feelings about the characters and story arc, as well as many funny anecdotes about the cast and shooting. If you don’t want to watch the whole movie with commentary, please at least listen to Francis Lawrence’s comments on the love scene. Tee hee.

I’m so happy to rediscover Water for Elephants. It’s a good old-fashioned movie; there’s romance, drama, adventure and it takes you through a huge range of emotions. Robert
Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon and Christoph Waltz give incredible performances plus, it’s a beautiful production; the costumes, the sets, the score… Water for Elephants is a trip back to a pivotal time in America’s history and a timeless story of the power of love and hope.

Happy November 1st! Who’s watching Water for Elephants tonight?

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