Dirty Blonde's Claudia Shear to Pen Book for My Man Godfrey Musical

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Dirty Blonde pen Claudia Shear has joined the creative team for the upcoming musical version of My Man Godfrey based on the novel and subsequent film of the same name. She provides the book to Mark Hollman's developing score.
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The actress-writer recently told Playbill.com's Harry Haun about her involvement with the new musical at the opening night of Well.

The new musical follows the story of a rich socialite who discovers a vagabond and brings him on as the family butler, only to later uncover his true identity. The book was adapted for the screen twice — one in 1936 starring William Powell and Carole Lombard and again in 1957 with David Niven cast opposite June Allyson.

Urinetown composer Hollmann is at work on the score based on the Eric Hatch novel "My Man Godfrey." Shear wrote and starred in the James Lapine-directed Dirty Blonde and previously pen and performed her one-woman play Blown Sideways Through Life.

David Lindsay-Abaire — who was previously attached to pen the work — had to drop out due to an already-heavy workload, what with his commitments to the developing musicals High Fidelity and Shrek. The scribe of Rabbit Hole, Wonder of the World, Fuddy Meers and Kimberly Akimbo is also working on a screen adaptation of Cornelia Funke's novel "Inkheart" as well as a film adaptation of his play Kimberly Akimbo.

The musical My Man Godfrey was announced to be a joint production by The Araca Group and East of Doheny, but the former producers are no longer involved with the project, a representative confirmed. The two entities previously collaborated on the Broadway run of Match. Tony Award winner Hollmann has a number of projects in the works including the musicals The Man in the White Suit. Yeast Nation, Soapdish, Wild Goat as well as the prequel and sequel to Urinetown.

East of Doheny is a division of Lexington Entertainment Group, whose credits include Broadway's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Good Body, Sweet Smell of Success, The Look of Love and 'night, Mother.

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