Boop-oop-a-doop! Cultural icon Betty Boop will finally get her time center stage as this brand-new musical joins Chicago's 2023/24 Broadway season! Created by a starry team of Tony and Grammy-winning talent including direction from Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots) and music from David Foster, this exciting new musical will see the beguiling 30s cartoon come to life in her own fully staged story. Taking place on her day off - we'll see Betty step out of her black-and-white world to spend the day in New York City, where she discovers a vibrant universe of color and joy.
Created by Max Fleischer in 1930, Betty Boop's instantly recognizable flapper-style finger waves and red lip was seen in multiple short animations for Paramount pictures, gaining fans for her racy attire and cutesy outlook. A victim of the Hayes code, she was given a more demure appearance in the later part of the decade, but it was her original look that best stayed in audiences' minds. With a resurgence coming in the 80s when her shorts were syndicated on cable, Betty became the pop culture icon we know her as today. With this rich history, many attempts have been made to give Betty her own feature, with little success. But it looks like this version, which David Foster has been marinating on since at least 2012, will finally give Betty the legacy she deserves! We're here for the Boop-isancce!