Barbarella Stage Musical in Development

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A musical version of the 1968 film Barbarella — which featured a scantily clad Jane Fonda — is currently in development.

Variety reports that Clear Channel Entertainment recently presented a showcase of the new musical in Manhattan. The showcase presentation featured a reworked version of the Vienna production, which was penned by Rudi Klausnitzer and Dave Stewart. William Ivey Long designed the costumes for the production, though Clear Channel told the industry paper that Barbarella is just "one of many" shows currently being developed. Should the company go ahead with the new musical, the production will likely bow in Las Vegas.

"Barbarella" was directed by Roger Vadim and featured Jane Fonda in the title role with John Phillip Law as Pygar, Anita Pallenberg as The Great Tyrant, Milo O'Shea as Concierge/Durand Durand, Marcel Marceau as Professor Ping and Claude Dauphin as President of Earth. The internet movie database describes the movie thusly: "In the far future, a highly sexual woman is tasked with finding and stopping the evil Durand-Durand. Along the way she encounters various unusual people."

In her newly published autobiography Academy Award winner Fonda has this to say about the 1968 film: "I think that with a little tweaking, 'Barbarella' could have been a feminist movie — and just as sexy."

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