Director Amy Heckerling Confirms CLUELESS Stage Adaptation Will Now be a Jukebox Musical; Book Complete!
CLUELESS director Amy Heckerling has finally revealed more details on the long-gestating musical adaptation of the hit 90s film
"I've written...the book and it's a jukebox musical," she recently told Entertainment Tonight as part of a new interview. Hecklering was unable to divulge what songs would be used, however. That news is particularly surprising, as the stage adaptation was at one time expected to be composed of original songs by none other than HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH's Stephen Trask.
ROCK OF AGES stage director Kristin Hanggi will helm the adaptation when it comes to fruition, with Dodger Theatricals, behind mega-successes JERSEY BOYS and the original production of INTO THE WOODS, producing.
As previously reported, Heckerling has some top talent in mind to lead the cast, telling Vulture last year that "Katy Perry has expressed interest, and I love her to death." She continued: "Maybe Iggy [Azalea] wants to do it!"
Whether or not Hecklering and company can get such A-list recording talent on board remains to be seen, but BroadwayWorld will keep you updated on all things CLUELESS (and of course, much, much more) moving forward.
Released in 1995 and now celebrating its 20th anniversary, Clueless is based on Jane Austen's 1815 novel Emma. It stars Alicia Silverstone in the lead role, Stacey Dash, Paul Rudd and Brittany Murphy. The film is set in the town of Beverly Hills and was written and directed by Amy Heckerling and produced by Scott Rudin, it was released in the United States on July 19, 1995. The film spun off a television sitcom and a series of books.
The film became a surprise sleeper hit of 1995, grossing well over $11 million on its opening weekend #2 behind Apollo 13, and it eventually grossed $55 million during its theatrical run. It was the 32nd highest-grossing film of 1995 and brought the then-largely-unknown actress Alicia Silverstone to international attention. It also developed a strong cult following after its release.