The new musical, based on the Twentieth Century Fox motion picture written by Kevin Wade, will feature a book by New Girl writer and Tigers Be Still playwright Kim Rosenstock.
A production timeline will be announced at a later date.
Lauper said in a statement, “I'm really excited for so many reasons to start composing the score for Working Girl. I love the film, and its story about a woman’s very unconventional road to success in the ‘80s is something I know a lot about. Women are still fighting for fundamental rights and equal pay! It’s also laugh-out-loud funny, which is why Kim Rosenstock is the perfect person to write the book. Plus, I get to work with Robyn Goodman, who is really smart and a great producer, as well as Fox Stage Productions.”
In a joint statement, Robyn Goodman of Aged In Wood Productions and Bob Cohen of Fox Stage Productions added, “Working Girl was a groundbreaking depiction of a working-class woman determined to succeed in the cutthroat, male-dominated corporate world of the 1980s. 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? We’re very excited to have Cyndi and Kim on board as the creators of Working Girl as it becomes a new 21st century musical, and we know audiences will be thrilled as well.”
Directed by Mike Nichols, Working Girl premiered in 1988 and went on to receive the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture—Musical or Comedy and an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. The film follows an ambitious secretary from Staten Island who facilitates a large-scale merger in the absence of her boss—by posing as her.