Looks like Cyndi Lauper has a head for business and a bod for sin.
The Grammy winner has signed on to write the music and lyrics for Working Girl, a Broadway-bound adaptation of the 1988 film starring Melanie Griffith and Harrison Ford. Lauper will write the music and lyrics, while New Girl writer Kim Rosenstock will pen the book based on Kevin Wade’s original screenplay, Fox Stage Productions and Aged in Wood Productions confirmed Tuesday.
“Working Girl was a groundbreaking depiction of a working-class woman determined to succeed in the cutthroat, male-dominated corporate world of the 1980s,” the companies said in a statement. “Funny and smart, this now-iconic tale is just as relevant today – and who better to adapt it for Broadway than Cyndi Lauper, who’s been a change maker in music since the ‘80s, and Kim Rosenstock of the hit TV series New Girl?”
“I’m really excited for so many reasons to start composing the score for Working Girl. I love the film, and its story about a woman’s very unconventional road to success in the ‘80s is something I know a lot about. Women are still fighting for fundamental rights and equal pay!” said Lauper.
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Lauper is no stranger to screen-to-stage musical adaptations; the pop star made history in 2013 when she became the first woman to win the Tony Award for Best Original Score for a solo writing effort on Kinky Boots — her first musical — based on the 2005 British film.
Working Girl tells the story of Tess McGill, a working-class secretary who pretends to have her boss’ job to climb the corporate ladder in 1980s New York. When Tess tries to claim what’s rightfully hers after her boss steals her idea, she finds herself scheming her way to success and romance.
No word yet on whether Carly Simon’s iconic Oscar-winning anthem “Let the River Run” will be incorporated into the upcoming musical.