Gwyneth Paltrow to Co-Produce Broadway Musical Based on Music of the GoGo's
They've got the beat, and soon they'll be bringing it to Broadway! According to Showbiz411, Academy Award winner Gwyneth Paltrow will be co-producing a Broadway musical based on the music of the 80's rock band The GoGo's. Paltrow will partner on the project with Donovan Leitch, (son of 60s hearthrob Donovan)
'Avenue Q's Jeff Whitty has signed on to write the book, which the site's Roger Friedman reports is almost complete. The musical is described as "a jukebox show with a twist." Set during the decade of the 1960's it will be based on "surprising source material that can't be revealed yet." Teased Leitch, "It's all still in the Early Stages."
Friedman reports that at Sting's after party event at Indochine last night, The Public Theater's Oskar Eustis showed a keen interest in the project when it came under discussion. Other Broadway bigwigs are reportedly displaying enthusiasm for it as well.
The Go-Go's rose to fame during the early 1980s. Their debut album, Beauty and the Beat, is considered one of the "cornerstone albums of (US) new wave", breaking barriers and paving the way for a host of other new American acts. When the album was released, it steadily climbed the Billboard 200 chart, ultimately reaching number one, where it remained for six consecutive weeks. The LP sold in excess of three million copies and reached triple platinum status, making it one of the most successful debut albums ever. The Go-Go's have sold more than seven million albums. Among their most well-known hits are "We Got the Beat" and "Our Lips Are Sealed.".
Paltrow's movie credits include Sliding Doors(1998) and A Perfect Murder (1998) and Shakespeare in Love (1998), for which she won an Academy Award for Best Actress, a Golden Globe Award and two Screen Actors Guild Awards, for Outstanding Lead Actress and as a member of the Outstanding Cast. She also won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series in 2011 for her role as Holly Holliday on the FOX hit TV show Glee in the episode "The Substitute".