Betty Boop is going to Broadway

Everybody’s favorite flapper girl is going to Broadway! Betty will boop her way onto the Great White Way in the 2010-2011 season in a new Broadway musical with music by multi-hit writer David Foster. Betty Boop has been a cartoon icon since the 1930’s and has starred in over 100 cartoons, but this is her first foray onto the stage.

Betty Boop, a new musical, will feature music by 15-time Grammy Award winner David Foster, with book by Sally Robinson and Oscar Williams. The show is planning to debut on Broadway in the 2010-2011 season at a Nederlander theatre to be announced.

Produced by Ostar Productions, additional members of the creative team and a production schedule will be confirmed at a later date.

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 Mankind) with the long-lost, true love of his life, while saving the Happy Heart Theater from the developer’s bulldozers.

[From Broadway World]

Music producer and composer David Foster has made hits with dozens of stars for forty years. He’s been nominated for Grammy awards forty-five times, and won fifteen times. Betty Boop will be his first Broadway production.

I love Betty Boop. I have spent sick days at home watching Betty Boop DVDs in bed all day. Betty and her friends are ideal for Broadway and I’m really surprised she hasn’t made her way to the stage before this. I would check Betty, Bimbo and Koko out in in the theatre in a heartbeat. I’m putting Betty Boop into my NYC Dream-Vacation schedule. And no, I’m not going to finish without saying “Boop-Oop-A-Doop!”

Note by Celebitchy: Here’s Betty Boop in “Minnie The Moocher” featuring Cab Calloway’s classic jazz song, which is about drug use. Betty runs away and is beset by ghosts singing the song.

Here’s “Snow White” featuring Cab Calloway singing “St. James Infirmary Blues,” from 1933.

And “The Old Man of the Mountain” with Calloway, also from 1933. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed watching these classic cartoons, which are definitely aimed more at adults than kids.

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  1. Paula says:

    This is one of my best friend who lives in Lee’s Summit, Missouri – she loves this lady and always calling her ‘Be Bo’ as in sound like bimbo but not to insult her. The image of this lady is my best friend favorite. 8)

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  3. Billy says:

    I Was Wondering that Becky Gulsvig should play the role of Betty Boop in the Broadway production of the musical.