Producer Ken Davenport has acquired the musical rights to the life of best-selling author, inventor, and self-made millionaire Joy Mangano. Author of the memoir Inventing Joy: Dare to Build a Brave & Creative Life, Mangano was also the subject of CBS' Inventing Joy and the inspiration behind the 2015 film Joy, which earned Jennifer Lawrence an Oscar nomination.
In 1991, Mangano invented and launched the first self-wringing Miracle Mop, the first in a line of successful inventions. She has gone on to launch hundreds of products, including Huggable Hangers, My Little Steamer, Forever Fragrant, and luggage, in addition to penning her memoir, producing the film Joy, running the Joy Mangano Foundation, and appearing regularly on HSN (Home Shopping Network).
“My life has taken me to many unexpected places—from the back of the auto-body shop where I worked on my first invention, my successes on QVC and HSN (Home Shopping Network) and to Hollywood when the film Joy was produced,” said Mangano in a statement. “Being the subject of a Broadway musical is more than a dream come true for me. I’m a local Long Island girl; I just used to dream of coming into town to see a Broadway musical—much less to be the subject of one!”
“Joy Mangano’s journey from divorced and working mother to a wildly successful businesswoman was made for the stage,” says Davenport. “If she didn’t exist, I would have tried to invent her. Her wit, savvy and perseverance in the face of great odds made this remarkable woman into an inspiration and pop culture legend. Joy is a just that—a complete joy. I can’t wait to begin developing her story for Broadway.”
Davenport is currently represented on Broadway with Once On This Island. His other Broadway credits include Deaf West Theatre’s Spring Awakening, the Alan Cumming-led Macbeth, Godspell, and Kinky Boots.
A creative team for the musical about Mangano will be announced at later date.