Big Street, a new musical with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Marion Adler and a book by Warren Leight, will have a workshop in New York City this September, Leight told Playbill On-Line (May 12).
If produced, the show would represent Menken's first non-Disney musical in years.
The show is based on the 1942 Lucille Ball-Henry Fonda film, "The Big Street," which was, in turn, drawn from the Damon Runyon story "The Little Pinks." Busboy Little Pinks loves nightclub singer Gloria from afar, but gold-digging Gloria pays him no mind, setting her sights only on the most moneyed sugar daddy. Irving Reis directed the original film, which featured Ball as Gloria, Fonda as Little Pinks, and character actor Eugene Pallette as Nicely Nicely Johnson, another Runyon figure familiar from the musical, Guys and Dolls.
Leight is currently riding high with Side Man, the recipient of a Tony nomination for Best Play.