Broadway Musical

Betty Boop Musical
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Betty Boop Musical

Betty Boop Musical/ Betty Boop Broadway 

The inimitable Betty Boop joins her friends Bimbo and Koko to work her irresistible charm in reuniting her grandfather (who has created the Greatest Invention of Mankind) with the long-lost, true love of his life, while saving the Happy Heart Theater from the developer’s bulldozers. The Broadway musical featuring Betty Boop has been in the works for years. The musical was first announced in 2003 and was set for a 2005 premiere but was later scrapped. The musical was later taken over several years later by Sally Robinson and Oscar Williams, partnered with Susan Birkenhead and David Foster and was announced in 2008.[1] The musical was originally set to debut in 2010-2011 in the Nederlands. 


  • David Foster: "I've been working on this show, Betty Boop, for fourteen years."
  • Katherine McPhee: "I'm actually not playing Betty Boop but maybe today will be my audition for Betty Boop."

Update (2014-2022)


On the 24th of October in 2014, David Foster posted an update on the Broadway production. He stated that they were in their first reading for the musical. Initially the Broadway musical was set for fall 2018, which gave David Foster and his team four years in total to debut the show. The "updated" Broadway for the "Betty Boop" musical has been in the works for years, and has nearly been scrapped several times. According to Broadway World[2] and a recent casting notice the musical will continue development as of 2022. Broadway World also notes that Mae Questel provided Betty Boop's distinctive voice in the original series which is cited by most actresses in the business as being "very hard" to duplicate. It is possible that this Broadway show will "re-invent" Betty. The musical is set for a 2023 release but this has not been officially confirmed as of yet and is TBA. There are also rumors of a 2025 release date, which are alleged.


Cast & Crew 

  • David Foster
  • Jerry Mitchell
  • Susan Birkenhead
  • Bill Haber
  • Mark Johnson

Origins (Scrapped Broadway 2002-2003) 

In 2002, Jason Robert Brown had a meeting with a producer about writing the score for a new musical based on Betty Boop, but it did not work out as expected. The original rights-holder of the cartoon character had approval of the entire creative team so, before he could be officially hired, he was asked to write two songs that might fit the show. Brown went into the studio with Nicole Van Giesen to record them and almost immediately heard from the producer that the rights-holder and all producers loved his songs. He got the job and was going to write the big Broadway musical about Betty Boop, and then got fired. Five years after his involvement there was a whole new creative team.

Robin Goodman's Betty Boop Broadway (2004)

In 2004 Andrew Lippa took over composing duties in collaboration with David Lindsay Abaire on Robin Goodman's project. Goodman stated that the script treated Betty Boop as a character and builds a story around her, drawing in part on the plots of Betty features. Goodman and fellow producer Andrew Faber had hoped to put together a workshop in Summer, 2004. With sources indicating that Kristin Chenoweth was in mind for the title role. The Broadway show was later scrapped.

Betty Boop (Scrapped Broadway) 

Scrapped Songs (2003-2004)

Official Songs (Broadway) 

Writer(s) / Singer(s) 


  • In 2006 Kristin Chenoweth hinted to a fan that her music director Andrew Lippa was creating a Betty Boop musical and hinted that she would have gladly done the role. 
  • 15-time Grammy® Award winner David Foster is currently writing the music for the Betty Boop Musical, which will Broadway in the 2010-2011 season at a Nederland theatre to be announced.
  • The Broadway is currently in development by David Foster and might debut in 2015-2016.
  • There was a Betty Boop production in 1933 that featured Catherine Wright,[3] a well known "Boop-Boop-a-Doop" radio singer billed as The Mystery Girl. Wright is often mistaken for the voice of Betty Boop. It is hinted that she possibly played Betty on radio, which is why she was asked to be part of the 1933 musical. 
  • When plans for a Betty Boop Broadway musical feature came up during the 80s, Bernadette Peters was the initial choice for Betty Boop.
  • A proposed Broadway musical by Sammy Timberg's family had been in the works but did not go into production.
  • The song "Say You Remember It" seems to have been rewritten, as the lyrics in the finalized version of the song are different to the original. 
  • David Foster and Katharine McPhee performed "Something to Shout About" on Live On The Today Show. The song was released by Chartmaker Records, Inc., under exclusive license to UMG Recordings, Inc., in 2019. Foster played the piano and McPhee provided the vocals. 
  • The song "Say You Remember It" was performed live by Megan Hilty, Orson Bean, Kathryn Joosten and Mark Masri.
  • Duo "Kathrun Jooten" and "Orson Bean" who introduced the song "Say You Remember It" both passed away. Kathryn Joosten died on the 2nd of June 2012, and Orson Bean on the 7th of February 2020. 

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