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Jodi Picoult’s YA book with daughter to open as off-Broadway musical

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There’s mother-daughter bonding, and then there’s your mom moving into a college dorm with you.

One of the earliest workshops for the musical “Between The Lines” saw international bestselling author Jodi Picoult temporarily live in senior housing at Vassar College, where her daughter Samantha van Leer was a student.

Picoult and van Leer co-wrote the YA novel “Between The Lines,” which they helped adapt into the musical.

“I remember her being like, ‘Wow, this is living the dream. Getting to go to college with your mom,'” Picoult (“My Sister’s Keeper,” “Nineteen Minutes”) said, laughing.

Samantha van Leer and Jodi Picoult
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Luckily, that summer at New York Stage and Film (an incubator for artists and their work), paid off. About six years later, the musical is soon to make its off-Broadway debut.

And the pair are about to move back in together.

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