‘Working Girl’ Stage Musical in Works From Composer Cyndi Lauper

Tony-winning pop star will write songs for show based on 1988 hit that starred Melanie Griffith and Harrison Ford

Last Updated: June 7, 2017 @ 8:18 AM

Melanie Griffith’s Staten Island “Working Girl” may soon be singing on Broadway.

The hit 1988 movie that starred Griffith, Harrison Ford and Sigourney Weaver is now being developed as a stage musical with a new score by Tony- and Grammy-winning composer Cyndi Lauper.

Playwright Kim Rosenstock (“Tigers Be Still,” “New Girl”) will adapt Kevin Wade’s screenplay, while Fox Stage Productions and Aged in Wood Production will share producing duties.

Mike Nichols’ 1988 comedy grossed more than $100 million worldwide and earned the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. It also earned six Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, and won one for Carly Simon’s original song “Let the River Run.”

It’s not clear if that song will be included in the new stage production.

In 2013, Lauper became the first solo woman to win best original score for her music and lyrics for the Broadway hit “Kinky Boots,” another adaptation of a successful movie. She has also sold more than 50 million albums as a pop star and earned two Grammy Awards as well as an Emmy as guest actress in the ’90s sitcom “Mad About You.”

“‘Working Girl’ was a groundbreaking depiction of a working-class woman determined to succeed in the cutthroat, male-dominated corporate world of the 1980s,” Robyn Goodman of Aged In Wood and Bob Cohen of Fox Stage said in a joint 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”?”

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