The iconic character Betty Boop will be starring in her own musical, scheduled to hit Broadway in the 2010-2011 season at the Nederlander theatre. The show, appropriately named “Betty Boop,” will feature music by 15-time Grammy Award winner David Foster, with book by Sally Robinson and Oscar Williams. Produced by Ostar Productions, additional members of the creative team and a production schedule will be confirmed at a later date.
David Foster has spent the last four decades creating hits for stars including Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston, Josh Groban, Earth, Wind + Fire, Chicago, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Buble, and scores of others. He is a 45-time Grammy nominee and three-time recipient of The Grammy for Producer of the Year and an Academy Award nominee. “Betty Boop” will mark his Broadway debut.
Sally Robinson is best known as a writer in film and television, including Family, for which she received the Humanitas Award with an episode starring Henry Fonda, and HBO's Emmy-nominated Iron Jawed Angels starring Hilary Swank, as well as the movies, Medicine Man starring Sean Connery and Far Off Place produced by Disney and Steven Spielberg.
In the new musical, the inimitable Betty Boop joins her friends Bimbo and Koko to work her irresistible charm in reuniting her grandfather, who has created the Greatest Invention of humankind, with his long-lost, while saving the Happy Heart Theater from the developer's bulldozers.
Betty Boop is best known as the animated character that appeared in a series of films titled "Betty Boop" as well as the Talkartoons produced by Max Fleischer released by Paramount Pictures. In the early 1930s she was considered a risqué character with a noticeably low cut blouse. She was a popular starlet in the 1930s and '40s, compiling appearances that totaled 110 by the end of her career. Looks like Boop’s making a comeback!