David Foster ”Betty Boop” composer: moving to the Big Apple

David Foster Betty Boop

David Foster Betty Boop

David Foster to get ‘Betty Boop’ to Broadway

NY Daily News has reported that Grammy-Award winning composer David Foster has made the move to New York to get ‘Betty Boop‘ to Broadway. Foster confirmed the move at the Prince Grace Awards, saying, “I bought a place in New York City. You cannot be that West Coast pop guy who rolls into New York and says, ‘Hey, I am going to do a Broadway musical’… I want to be accepted and not be ‘that guy from the West Coast.’ ”

The name and talent of David Foster as one of music’s most acclaimed songwriters and producers is the stuff of legend. Having spent the last four decades creating hits for stars including Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston, Josh Groban, Earth, Wind + Fire, Chicago, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Buble’ and scores of others, this 45-time Grammy nominee, three-time recipient of The Grammy® Producer of the Year and Academy Award nominee has achieved extraordinary levels of success.

‘I love top 40 music, but it is not what I do anymore’

The 67-year-old composer says the move was a long time in the making, and hopes to do a reading for ‘Betty Boop’ as early as December, with Jerry Mitchell overseeing the project. Foster also told NY Daily News, “At a certain point in your career you need to go where you belong. I love top 40 music, but it is not what I do anymore. But on Broadway, I can still write a good song that moves people.”

Betty Boop starred in more than 100 cartoons

Betty Boop is one of the most iconic animated creations of the 20th century. First introduced in the 1930s, Betty Boop was created by Max Fleischer for his “Talkartoons” series, the first “talkies” of animation, which Max’s company, Fleischer Studios, produced for Paramount. Mae Questel provided Betty’s distinctive voice. By 1932 Betty, considered to be the first and only female animated screen star, had taken the country by storm. Betty starred in more than 100 cartoons, 90 of which are included in the official “Betty Boop” series, which ended in 1939. Since then, Betty has appeared in dozens of hit movies, television specials and commercials. She was the first cartoon character to be profiled by A&E’s “Biography” series.

David Foster on Twitter: “First reading of our musical #BettyBoop… super exciting!!

David Foster on Twitter: “First reading of our musical #BettyBoop… super exciting!! http://t.co/1ja8FeNmC6”.

David Foster’s Checklist (from Las Vegas Weekly)

 

David Foster

 

From LasVegasWeekly.com:

The renowned producer directs the music for the Andre Agassi Grand Slam for Children (October 9 at Wynn Las Vegas). Here’s what he does in his free time:

Watching: I fell asleep to Jimmy Kimmel last night. I like all of the CSI shows, and I’m a big game-show fan. I love Howie Mandel’s Deal or No Deal.

Reading: A boring book about Rachmaninoff (A Lifetime in Music). I’m about 20 pages in, but it’s been a tough read. Small print. But I’m something of a Rachmaninoff junkie.

Playing: I’d love to play sax. For a piano player to turn on a crowd, you have to work really, really hard. But a sax player can play just one note and move an audience.

Listening: Well, I’m actually working on a song right now for the musical I’m writing, Betty Boop. It’s called, “Say You Remember.” It’s about two old people who had been lovers, 40 years earlier, meeting again. That’s going through my head right now.

Keeping his eye on: The girl who was on America’s Got Talent (Jackie Evancho, who finished second). She is a huge talent, probably so good that she could have a 50-year career.

Betty Boop bopping to Broadway

 

Betty Boop

 

United Press International reported the new musical “Betty Boop” is slated to bow on Broadway during the 2010-2011 season, representatives for the show said Friday.

“Betty Boop,” which is based on an iconic animated character first introduced in the 1930s, will feature music by 15-time Grammy Award-winner David Foster, with a book by Sally Robinson and Oscar Williams.

Produced by Ostar Productions, additional members of the creative team and a production schedule will be confirmed at a later date, the representatives said.

Foster’s songwriting and producing career has spanned four decades and included hits for stars like Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston, Josh Groban, Earth, Wind & Fire, Chicago and Andrea Bocelli.

“Betty Boop” will mark Foster’s Broadway debut.

“In the new musical, 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 show’s representatives said in a news release.