"My Man Godfrey" — Butler Pic — Optioned for Broadway

News   "My Man Godfrey" — Butler Pic — Optioned for Broadway
With the huge success of this season's screen-to-stage musical Hairspray, it's not surprising that several classic films are currently headed for Broadway.

Variety reports that the 1936 film "My Man Godfrey" — about a socialite and her butler — has been optioned for The Great White Way by East of Doheny Productions' Kelly Gonda. Gonda was one of the producers of the London production of The Full Monty as well as the Los Angeles mounting of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song. No director or star is currently attached to the project. Directed by Gregory La Cava, "My Man Godfrey" starred Carole Lombard as socialite Irene Bullock and William Powell as Godfrey "Duke" Parke. Others in the cast included Alice Brady as Angelica Bullock, Gail Patrick as Cornelia Bullock, Eugene Pallette as Alexander Bullock, Alan Mowbray as Tommy Gray, Jean Dixon as Molly and Mischa Auer as Carlo. Powell, Lombard, Auer and Brady were all nominated for Academy Awards; director La Cava and screenwriters Eric Hatch and Morrie Ryskind were also Oscar-nommed.

A 1957 remake of the film cast June Allyson and David Niven in the roles created by Lombard and Powell. Henry Koster directed this lighter-hearted version that also featured Jessie Royce Landis, Robert Keith, Eva Gabor, Jay Robinson, Martha Hyer, Jeff Donnell and Herbert Anderson.

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