Rosie O'Donnell and Cyndi Lauper Continue Work on New Stage Musical

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Rosie O'Donnell likes her '80s pop music icons.
Rosie O'Donnell (left) with Taboo star Raul Esparza
Rosie O'Donnell (left) with Taboo star Raul Esparza

Moments after announcing that her first venture as Broadway producer—the Boy George musical Taboo—would close on Feb. 8, she told the New York Times she was working on a new musical with Cyndi Lauper. The show is likely Find Me, based on O'Donnell's best-selling book of the same name. Playbill On-Line reported in April 2003 that the two character play with music will star O'Donnell and another actress yet-to-be named. reported at the time that "Lauper is putting together a bunch of her lesser known songs and new works as well to underscore O'Donnell's vision. The pair has been working together for some time, hatching the idea." John McDaniel will serve as musical director for the production. In an earlier interview for Playbill On-Line, McDaniel spoke about the upcoming project: "[Rosie is] so wildly talented in so many ways, and how she expresses herself [in the book] is so unique, and it's a great story."

The willfully quirky, cartoon-voiced, Queens-born Lauper hit the big time in 1983 with her debut album, "She's So Unusual." The LP spawned the hits "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," "Time After Time," "She-Bop" and "All Through the Night," and transformed Lauper into a sensation of the New Wave-MTV era. Her star faded with the decade, although she has continued to record, recently releasing "At Last," an album of standards.

In the summer of 2001, Lauper starred in a brief run of David Henry Hwang's new musical Largo as part of New York Stage and Film's summer season at Vassar College's Powerhouse Theatre in Poughkeepsie, NY. Inspired by Dvorak's "New World Symphony," the theatrical venture mixed "blues, rock and the voices of our musical ancestors" to meditate on our nation's heritage.

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