Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Broadway: Joy Mangano Will Mop it Up with Broadway Musical Based On Her Life


You can hear it now: Joy Mangano will be mopping it up soon with a Broadway musical of her own. The QVC star who has already had a David O. Russell- Jennifer Lawrence movie made about her is heading to the Great White Way. (Or should I say the Great Bright Way? The lights are blazing these days!)

Ken Davenport, of “Once on this Island” and “Kinky Boots” fame, has optioned the rights to Mangano’s life story. It won’t be a remake of the Russell movie, “Joy,” but a whole new book and score will be commissioned. You can already see the ladies dancing with the mop buckets, right?

How many Broadway stars will be lining up to play Mangano? Jesse Mueller must already be polishing her floors. We won’t see “Bucket List” (my title– it will undoubtedly be called “Joy”) for a couple of years.

PS “Joy,” the movie made $100 million worldwide, just about evenly split between US and foreign.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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