Stevie Wonder to Produce Mini-Series & Broadway Production About Underground Railroad

You know living legend Stevie Wonder as a piano playing musical genius, but now he’s expanding he talents outside of the studio.

In conjunction with NBC, Wonder will launch a miniseries and Broadway musical about the Underground Railroad, the network of secret routes from the south to the north used by enslaved African Americans in the U.S. in the 19th century during the 1800s to escape bondage.

According to Time Magazine, Wonder will executive produce the Broadway show and 8-hour miniseries, and may create music for the productions. The series will be based on literature such as Forbidden Fruit: Love Stories From the Underground Railroad by Betty DeRamus about the unspoken stories of those who were brave enough to risk their lives for freedom.

NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke said, “These unforgettable moments in history, which have never been told on television before, are both incredibly painful and heartwarming and need to be presented to the world. We’re honored to be adapting this emotionally affecting book in a television event.”