Go-Go's Members to Write Musical About Linda Lovelace; Off-Broadway Bow Expected in Fall

News   Go-Go's Members to Write Musical About Linda Lovelace; Off-Broadway Bow Expected in Fall
Charlotte Caffey and Jane Wiedlin, members of the all-girl pop group The Go-Go's — who sang "We Got the Beat," "Vacation," "Head Over Heels" and more — are writing an Off-Broadway musical about the life of the late porn star Linda Lovelace, Billboard reported.

Caffey and Anna Waronker are the composers of Lovelace: The Musical, while Wiedlin is acting as creative consultant. Playwright Jeffrey Bowman wrote lyrics and will direct. Tina Yothers of "Family Ties" fame will star. A showcase production will take place June 20-22 and June 27 in Los Angeles. The show is set to open in New York at the Revelation Theatre in the fall. Revelation is the year-old company that had its inaugural production, Temporary Help, last December. Lovelace was the star of the 1972 X-rated film "Deep Throat," arguably the most famous porn feature in cinematic history. The title became such a part of the American lexicon that the main source of Watergate reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward's used it as a pseudonym. Lovelace appeared in only a handful of films after that and then disappeared, the victim of a life of drugs and sexual excess. In 1980, she returned to the spotlight with an autobiography, "Ordeal," and became an outspoken opponent of the pornography industry. She died in 2002 at the age of 53, following a car accident.

The Go-Go's were the first all-female rock group to strike it big. Unlike the so-called Girl Groups of the 1960 and 1970s, they wrote all their songs and played instruments. Their debut album, "Beauty and the Beat," sold millions of copies. Caffey and Wiedlin wrote the bulk of the music. Two albums followed before drug problems and royalty battles led to their break-up in 1984. Wiedlin and lead singer Belinda Carlisle went on to short-lived solo careers. They reunited in 2001 for the album, "God Bless the Go-Go's."

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