Broadwayâ€™s got the beat: â€œHead Over Heels,â€ the musical that takes it score from the catalog of the band The Go-Goâ€™s, has mapped out its road to New York, with a San Francisco run lined up for a spring opening prior to a move to Broadway for the 2018-19 season.
With Gwyneth Paltrow on board as one of its producers, â€œHead Over Heelsâ€ is an unlikely pairing of an Elizabethan romance (based on Philip Sidneyâ€™s â€œArcadiaâ€) with the pop hits of the all-female
band. Jeff Whitty (â€œAvenue Qâ€) conceived the show and wrote the original book, which is adapted by James Magruder. Michael Mayer (â€œSpring Awakening,â€ â€œHedwig and the Angry Inchâ€) directs, with choreography by Spencer Liff (â€œHedwig,â€ â€œSo You Think You Can Danceâ€).
Familiar tunes in the score include â€œWe Got the Beat,â€ â€œVacationâ€ and â€œOur Lips Are Sealed,â€ as well as solo hits by the bandâ€™s frontwoman, Belinda Carlyle (â€œMad About You,â€ â€œHeaven Is A Place On Earthâ€). The production premiered in 2015 at the Oregon Shakespeare FestivalÂ and had a developmental workshop at New York Stage and Film the following year.
The new staging reunites several members of the creative team of Mayerâ€™s Tony-winning revival of â€œHedwig,â€ including Liff, set designer Julian Crouch, lighting design Kevin Adams and costume designer Arianne Phillips.
â€œHead Over Heelsâ€ runs April 24-May 20 at the Curran Theater in San Francisco, with the exact dates and theater of the Broadway run still to be announced. Casting also has yet to be set.
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