LIVELY MCCABE ENTERTAINMENT & PRIMARY WAVE MUSIC TO ADAPT THE ICONIC
GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN AS A STAGE MUSICAL
Based on the screenplay by Amy Spies and featuring a score of hit 1980s chart toppers,
including the title song originally made famous by Cyndi Lauper
(New York, New York) From the producers of Clue On Stage and Mystic Pizza: The New Musical comes the musical stage adaptation of the beloved cult classic story, GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN.
Adapted from the screenplay by AMY SPIES (Beverly Hills, 90210) and featuring the title song written by Robert Hazard and made famous by Cyndi Lauper, this musical marks the first project in the previously-announced collaboration between theatre development company LIVELY MCCABE ENTERTAINMENT and music industry powerhouse PRIMARY WAVE MUSIC.
Executive Producer MICHAEL BARRA and Associate Producer ALLISON BRESSI will oversee for Lively McCabe, alongside Primary Wave’s NATALIA NASTASKIN and RAMON VILLA, working closely with Spies to bring her iconic story and characters to the stage.
M. DICKSON (How I Met Your Father, Disenchantment, Superstore) and LAUREN MARCUS (Writing: Jonathan Larson Grant Finalist, New York Stage and Film; Acting: Be More Chill, White Girl in Danger, Netflix’s …Tick, Tick…Boom!) have teamed up to co-write the musical’s book, with music and lyrics expected to be primarily sourced from Primary Wave’s expansive catalog of some of pop music’s most iconic and legendary hits. JENNIFER WERNER (The Book of Mormon, Supervising Associate Director Worldwide; Broadway Bounty Hunter; Director/Choreographer) has signed on to direct.
Spies’ screenplay, Girls Just Want To Have Fun, tells the story of high schooler Janey, a talented gymnast, who has always followed the orders of her strict Army colonel father and stayed out of the spotlight. However, when she moves to a new town and meets bold, supportive Lynne, she disobeys her father for the first time to enter a TV dance competition. The characters of Janey and Lynne were originally played by Sarah Jessica Parker and Helen Hunt in the 1985 film of the same name, which also featured Shannen Doherty, Jason Silverman, and Lee Montgomery.
“This is a dream project that our team been working on securing for quite some time, so we’re immensely grateful to Amy Spies for entrusting us with her iconic story and characters and for her collaboration on bringing them to the stage,” says Lively McCabe CEO Michael Barra. “And to be able to partner with this brilliant trio of creators as well as our friends at Primary Wave with their incredible catalog of 80s chart-toppers, is just icing on the cake.”
“Primary Wave just wants to have fun, and we could not be more excited for our iconic hits from the 80’s to provide the soundtrack for this beloved, classic story,” share Nastaskin and Villa. “We are grateful to Amy Spies for entrusting us and our amazing partners at Lively McCabe with her culturally important work and are thrilled to work with M., Lauren, Amy and Jennifer to bring this adaptation to life.”
Amy Spies adds, “I am excited that this great team is bringing to the stage my story of empowering female friendships and young women coming into their own.”