For Immediate Release
September 25, 2019
Contact: Shane Marshall Brown / Jim Byk / Nina M. Ward
AGED IN WOOD PRODUCTIONS AND KUMIKO YOSHII
ANNOUNCE DIRECTOR AND NEW BOOK WRITER
FOR BROADWAY-BOUND MUSICAL
MUSIC AND LYRICS BY CYNDI LAUPER
BOOK BY BRIDGET CARPENTER
DIRECTED BY CHRISTOPHER ASHLEY
BASED ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX MOTION PICTURE
WRITTEN BY KEVIN WADE
Photos of creative team:
Producers Aged In Wood Productions (Robyn Goodman and Josh Fiedler) and Kumiko Yoshii are pleased to announce that Tony Award-winner Christopher Ashley (Come From Away) will direct the Broadway-aimed Working Girl, with music and lyrics by Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award-winner Cyndi Lauper and book by screenwriter and playwright Bridget Carpenter (“11.22.63” and “Friday Night Lights”).
Ashley and Carpenter previously collaborated on the musical adaptation of Disney’s Freaky Friday. Carpenter replaces the previously announced Kim Rosenstock, who has withdrawn due to scheduling conflicts. Working Girl is based on the Twentieth Century Fox motion picture written by Kevin Wade and is presented by special arrangement with Buena Vista Theatrical.
An out-of-town developmental production is being planned for the 2021-2022 season.
Directed by Mike Nichols, Working Girl premiered in 1988 and went on to receive the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, and an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. Working Girl featured many actors early in their careers including Melanie Griffith, Harrison Ford, Sigourney Weaver, Alec Baldwin, Joan Cusack, Oliver Platt, Jeffrey Nordling, and David Duchovny. The film grossed over $100 million worldwide.
Cyndi Lauper is a groundbreaking Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award-winning songwriter and performing artist with global record sales in excess of 50 million. Her iconic voice, influential punk glamour, and infectious live shows have catapulted her to stardom. Lauper won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist with her first album, She's So Unusual, and became the first woman in history to have four top-five singles from a debut album. Since then, Lauper has released ten additional studio albums, yielding timeless classics like “Time After Time” and “True Colors,” and the anthemic “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.” She’s been nominated for 15 Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, seven American Video Awards, and 18 MTV Awards. In 2013, Cyndi Lauper became the first solo woman to win Best Original Score (music and lyrics) for Kinky Boots. She contributed a Tony-nominated song to the score of the Broadway musical SpongeBob SquarePants. A pillar of female success, Lauper was inducted to the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2015, released a New York Times best-selling memoir, and continues to collect impressive accolades across the music industry and beyond. In 2018, Lauper designed and launched a sold-out Home Decor Collection with Grandin Road and added a guest starring role on CBS’ hit TV show “Magnum PI” to her acting resume. She closed out 2018 by receiving the “Icon Award” from Billboard at its 13th annual Women In Music event and brought down the house with a rousing tribute to Cher at the Kennedy Center Honors. In 2019, “She’s So Unusual” was honored for its cultural, historical, and aesthetic importance by being inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry. In addition, Lauper is tireless in her advocacy work. She has been an activist since day one, always fighting for the underdog - especially women, people living with HIV/AIDS, and LGBTQ people. Her commitment runs so deep that she started her own charity, the True Colors United in 2008 to bring an end to homelessness amongst LGBTQ youth.
Bridget Carpenter is a television writer, film writer, producer, showrunner, and playwright. She created the miniseries “11.22.63” from Stepehen King's bestselling novel, for Hulu and Bad Robot. “11.22.63” premiered at the Sundance Festival, was nominated for a Writers Guild Award, and won the Saturn Award for Best Limited Series. Prior to “11.22.63”, she wrote and co-executive-produced for all five seasons of the Peabody Award-winning series “Friday Night Lights.” She was a Consulting Producer for HBO’s “Westworld,” a Co-Executive Producer for “Parenthood,” and Executive Producer/Showrunner for the Sundance Channel series “The Red Road.” Her season four “Friday Night Lights” episode “I Can’t” won numerous accolades, including a Television Honors Award. Currently, she is writing a drama pilot for Fox. Carpenter’s plays have been produced by Steppenwolf, Trinity Rep, the Public Theatre, Berkeley Rep, La Jolla Rep, and many other theaters in the US and abroad. She has written songs for film (Basmati Blues; Dear Dumb Diary) and adapted her stage musical Freaky Friday as a TV movie musical for the Disney Channel. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Princess Grace Statuette, and numerous other grants and awards. She is developing her next musical with Disney Theatricals. Carpenter is an alumna of New Dramatists, and her plays are published by Samuel French.
Christopher Ashley is the current Artistic Director of La Jolla Playhouse in La Jolla, CA. Broadway directing credits include: Come From Away (Tony Award, Outer Critics Circle Award); Escape to Margaritaville; Xanadu; Leap Of Faith (Drama Desk nomination); Memphis (Tony, Outer Critics Circle nominations); All Shook Up; The Rocky Horror Show (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations); The Smell of the Kill; and Voices In the Dark. Future production: Diana, The Musical opening on Broadway March 2020. Other recent directing credits include: Diana, Freaky Friday, Come From Away, The Darrell Hammond Project, Hollywood, and Chasing the Song at La Jolla Playhouse; The Lisbon Traviata, Kennedy Center; the world premieres of Alfred Uhry’s Without Walls at the Mark Taper Forum (starring Laurence Fishburne), and Joe Hortua’s Between Us at Manhattan Theatre Club; Charles Busch’s The Lady In Question at Bay Street Theatre; the world premiere of Daniel Goldfarb and David Kirshenbaum’s Party Come Here at Williamstown Theatre Festival; Paul Rudnick’s Valhalla at New York Theatre Workshop (Lucille Lortel nomination – Outstanding Direction); the world premieres of The Wonder Of The World and Newyorkers (Outer Critics Circle nomination – Outstanding Off Broadway Musical, Drama Desk nomination for Best Revue) at Manhattan Theatre Club; the Kennedy Center Sondheim Celebration productions of Sweeney Todd (starring Brian Stokes Mitchell and Christine Baranski (Helen Hayes Award winner for Outstanding Direction of a Resident Musical) and Merrily We Roll Along; the National Tour of Seussical: The Musical; Li’l Abner for City Center Encores; the world premiere of Alfred Uhry’s Without Walls at the Williamstown Theatre Festival; Paul Rudnick’s Rude Entertainment; and Mondo Drama and The Country Club (both by Douglas Carter Beane) at The Drama Dept.; the world premieres of They All Laughed and Lucky In The Rain, and the revival of Redhead at Goodspeed Musicals; Light Up The Sky at Williamstown Theatre Festival; the American premiere of What You Get And What You Expect by Jean-Marie Besset at New York Theatre Workshop; and Working by Stephen Schwartz at Long Wharf. In addition to his work for the stage, Ashley directed the screen adaptation of Lucky Stiff, the feature film of Jeffrey, and the American Playhouse production of Blown Sideways Through Life for PBS. Mr. Ashley is the recipient of the Princess Grace Award, the Drama League Director Fellowship and an NEA/TCG Director Fellowship
Aged In Wood Productions (Robyn Goodman and Josh Fiedler) is a boutique commercial theater producing company founded in 2001 specializing in the development of plays and Broadway musicals. Broadway: Avenue Q (Tony Award, Best Musical 2004), In the Heights (Tony Award Best Musical 2008), Angels in America (Tony Award, Best Revival of a Play, 2018) Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella (currently touring the world), American Idiot, West Side Story (2009), High Fidelity, Bengal Tiger At The Baghdad Zoo starring Robin Williams, Barefoot In The Park, Steel Magnolias, Metamorphoses (Drama Desk Award) and A Class Act. West End: Avenue Q, Company (Olivier Award, Best Musical Revival, 2019). Off-Broadway: Altar Boyz, Red Light Winter, Bat Boy—the musical and tick..tick..BOOM. Aged In Wood also produces as New Hope Productions at the Bucks County Playhouse where Robyn Goodman is Executive Producer. Goodman is currently the Artistic Consultant to The Roundabout Theater Company where she and Fiedler developed plays by emerging writers at their Underground Theater for the first 10 years.
Kumiko Yoshii’s producing credits include Broadway: Be More Chill (Tony nomination); Prince of Broadway (MTC), Pacific Overtures (Roundabout, 4 Tony nominations); A Class Act. Other credits include The Fantasticks (West End); Dreamgirls (California, Japan); Big River (North American Tour); premiere engagements in China for Shrek The Musical, Blue Man Group, Wicked; opening of IHI Stage Around Tokyo, and West Side Story in Stage Around Tokyo. Member of the Advisory Committee of the Billy Rose Theatre Division at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, and Vice President of the Board of Directors of The New Group.