Is BOOP! The Betty Boop Musical Coming to Broadway in 2025? | Playbill

Broadway News Is BOOP! The Betty Boop Musical Coming to Broadway in 2025?

Reports are flying about the new musical that made its world premiere in Chicago in 2023.

Jasmine Amy Rogers, Ainsley Anthony Melham, and company of Boop! The Betty Boop Musical Matthew Murphy and Evan Zimmerman

You may have seen some reports online that Boop! The Betty Boop Musical is coming to Broadway in 2025. But it that confirmed?

Unfortunately, not so much. Theatre fans picked up on the scoop when the musical's leading lady Jasmine Amy Rogers revealed in an interview with local NYC TV station WNBC's New York Live that the show was coming to Broadway in spring 2025. But Playbill reached out to production representatives for confirmation and learned that this is just the show's current hopes and is not yet official.

To be clear, that doesn't mean we won't see Boop! on Broadway next year. It just means that the plans aren't yet final. And with more than a year to go, a lot could happen that can change those plans. Boop! doesn't currently have definite Broadway dates nor has a theatre been confirmed. Playbill will continue to follow the story as it develops.

The show played a world premiere engagement at CIBC Theatre in Chicago late last year. Read the reviews from that run here.

Tony winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, La Cages aux Folles, Hairspray) directed and choreographed the new musical based on the characters created by Max Fleischer. BOOP! features music by Grammy winner David Foster (“I Have Nothing,” “After The Love Is Gone,” “The Prayer”), lyrics by Susan Birkenhead (Working, Jelly's Last Jam), and a book by Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone, The Prom).

Rogers starred in the title role, alongside Tony winner Faith Prince (Guys and Dolls) as Valentina, Ainsley Anthony Melham (Aladdin) as Dwayne, Erich Bergen (Jersey Boys) as Raymond, Stephen DeRosa (Boardwalk Empire) as Grampy, Angelica Hale as Trisha, and Anastacia McCleskey (Caroline or Change) as Carol.

The show follows Betty as her dream of an ordinary day off from being a super-celebrity in her black-and-white world leads to an adventure of color, music, and love in New York City—one that reminds her and the world, “You are capable of amazing things.”

Introduced in 1930, Betty Boop initially appeared as a dog-like stage performer who sang and danced with another dog-like character, Bimbo. Inspired by the Jazz Age flappers and entertainers of the 1920s, Betty evolved into a full-fledged human character, and by 1932 she was the only female animated screen star in the world. Voiced by Mae Questel, Betty starred in more than 100 cartoons, 90 of which are included in the official Betty Boop series, which ended in 1939.

Photos: BOOP! The Betty Boop Musical in Chicago

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