Goop entrepreneur Gwyneth Paltrow will join producers Rick Ferrari, Donovan Leitch, Christine Russell, Louise Gund, Hunter Arnold and Tom Kirdahy in presenting Head Over Heels, a new musical featuring the iconic songs of the femme rock band The Go-Go’s, on Broadway next season. The show will play its tryout engagement San Francisco’s Curran Theater April 24 through May 20, 2018.
Tony winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening, Hedwig and the Angry Inch) will direct, with musical supervision, orchestrations and arrangements by Pulitzer Prize and Tony winner Tom Kitt (SpongeBob SquarePants, Next To Normal, American Idiot) and choreography by Emmy and Drama Desk nominee Spencer Liff (Hedwig and the Angry Inch). Head Over Heels was conceived and has an original book by Tony winner Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q, Bring It On: The Musical) and is adapted by James Magruder (Triumph of Love).
The creative team includes scenic design by Julian Crouch, lighting by Kevin Adams, costumes by Arianne Phillips, sound by Kai Harada and casting by Jim Carnahan Casting.
A Broadway theater, casting and dates will be announced later.
The announcement today describes the show as “based upon The Arcadia by Sir Philip Sidney…a tantalizing odyssey wrought with mistaken identities, jealous lovers, romance and scandal. This lavishly quick-witted new musical takes us on an extravagant journey where everything (and everyone) is not quite what it seems.”
Scott Sigman, Robert Kravis, Vikram Chatwal, Carrie Clifford, The John Gore Organization, Mara Sandler and Jujamcyn Theaters are co-producers, Julie Boardman serves as Associate Producer and 101 Productions, Ltd. serves as Executive Producer and General Manager.
The show features the Go-Go’s hits “We Got the Beat,” “Get Up and Go,” “Cool Jerk,” “Vacation,” “Our Lips Are Sealed,” “Lust to Love,” “Head Over Heels” and Belinda Carlisle’s solo hits “Mad About You” and “Heaven is a Place on Earth.”
In a joint statement, The Go-Go’s (Charlotte Caffey, Belinda Carlisle, Gina Schock, Jane Wiedlin and Kathy Valentine) said, “If you told us 30 years ago that our songs were going to be in a musical, we’d have said ‘Of course they’ll be on Broadway!’ None of us would have really believed it though — what a crazy idea! Yet here we are, with Head Over Heels – a celebration of love in all its forms, joyful, fun and full of heart, driven by the songs that for decades have been making people jump from their seats and dance.”
The world premiere of Head Over Heels took place at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Bill Rauch, Artistic Director; Cynthia Rider, Executive Director) and was developed with the support of New York Stage and Film and Vassar’s Powerhouse Theater, summer 2016.