Beauty Helmer Roth Working On "The Opposite of Sex" Musical for Broadway

News   Beauty Helmer Roth Working On "The Opposite of Sex" Musical for Broadway Christina Ricci and Lisa Kudrow starred in the movie version of Don Roos' "The Opposite of Sex" which is now being made into a musical. Playwright-director Robert Jess Roth (Beauty and the Beast) is working with composer Douglas J. Cohen (No Way to Treat a Lady) to bring the film to the stage according to the director's agent.
Poster art for
Poster art for "The Opposite of Sex."

The currently unfinished work will feature a book co-written by Roth and the film's writer-director Roos with music and lyrics by Cohen. The team — including the film's producer Michael Besman — are currently seeking New York stage producers with hopes to bring the musical to fruition on Broadway in spring of 2004. Roth will direct. "The Opposite of Sex" followed the conniving 16-year-old Dedee Truitt (Ricci) as she moves in with her now-wealthy gay half-brother Bill and ends up pregnant by his new partner Matt. Only Bill's best friend and sister of his rich late lover, Lucia (Kudrow), sees through Dedee's scheme.

Roth, helmer of Broadway's Beauty and the Beast, also directed the world premiere of Elton John and Tim Rice's Elaborate Lives: The Legend of Aida at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. (He would be dismissed and replaced by Robert Falls before the show reached Broadway.) Cohen has also composed Glimmerglass and The Gig.

Roos has also penned films like "Single White Female," "Boys on the Side" and helmed his "Bounce."

Christina Ricci and Ivan Sergei <br>in the film "The Opposite of Sex."
Christina Ricci and Ivan Sergei
in the film "The Opposite of Sex." (Photo by Bob Akester)