A ‘Clueless’ Musical Is in the Works

Clueless cast

Cher Horowitz could leave Sunset Boulevard for Broadway. Clueless director Amy Heckerling confirms that not only is a Clueless stage show in the works, she’s already written the book. Find out what she had to say about the Clueless musical after the jump. 

Heckerling discussed the Clueless musical plans to ET. She revealed it’ll be a “jukebox musical,” meaning it’ll feature existing pop songs instead of relying on original music. Kristin Hanggi — a Tony nominee for Rock of Ages, another jukebox musical — is set to direct. Dodger Theatricals (Jersey Boys) will produce.

But the team has a few hurdles to clear before they can hit the stage. For one thing, there’s the matter of casting, which Heckerling admits is “the main problem.” Not that there’s any shortage of interested parties. Heckerling mentioned last year that Katy Perry had “expressed interest” in playing Cher, and we all remember when Iggy Azalea went ahead and cast herself in a music video remake.

The 1995 movie (yes, Clueless is 20; yes, you are old) is actually an adaptation of Jane Austen‘s classic novel Emma. Alicia Silverstone starred as Cher Horowitz, a sweet if oblivious teenager who meddles with her friends’ affairs at Beverly Hills High. The supporting cast included Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy, and an eerily ageless Paul Rudd.

Sadly, Heckerling said she isn’t sure when the Clueless musical will actually come together. “It’s hard to know with Broadway when things will happen,” she said. “Everything goes so slowly… I thought movies took a long time.”

Talk of a potential Clueless musical has been floating around for years. Heckerling has been developing it since at least 2012. (At the time, she assured fans it’d take place in the ’90s. Whew.) And around 2009, John Dempsey, Stephen Trask, Peter Yanowitz, and Tina Landau were working on a different version that never got off the ground.

The original Clueless is widely regarded as a classic, so any Clueless musical is going to have a lot to live up to. Me, I’m not going to be satisfied unless there’s a glitzy number set to “Rollin’ With My Homies.” What would you want to see in a Clueless musical?

Rollin with the Homies

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