Carole Lombard's cinematic triumph, "My Man Godfrey," may soon wind up adapted along the same lines as another Lombard gem...
..."Twentieth Century," whose musical adaptation "On the Twentieth Century" has been revived this spring in New York with Kristin Chenoweth and Peter Gallagher. Of course, that story deals with a ride on the famed high-speed train, and "Godfrey" aficionados may have to ride it in the other direction to see it on stage:
That's because this production will hold its world premiere not in New York, but in...Chicago.
According to BroadwayWorld.com, that city's First Folio Theater will host "My Man Godfrey" as a stage play, not a musical, early next year. (Several years ago, it was reported that a musical version of "Godfrey" was set for Broadway, possibly with Chenoweth as Irene Bullock -- Lombard's role on screen -- but the production never came to fruition.) Here's more information about the "Godfrey" play:
MY MAN GODFREY, a World Premiere stage adaptation of the classic 1930's American comedy starring William Powell and Carole Lombard, is also written by David Rice. Set in the midst of the Great Depression, this delightful tale is a cross between You Can't Take it With You and the Jeeves and Wooster tales. A young heiress of a wealthy Park Avenue family, Irene Bullock, stumbles upon a disheveled and down-and-out vagrant, Godfrey, who is residing in the city dump. The scatterbrained socialite takes pity on him and hires him on to become the family's new butler. As the story unfolds, Godfrey has to maneuver through the family's eccentricities and a budding romance in order to save the family from themselves. The play will be directed by Jeff Award nominee Alison C. Vesely and feature Artistic Associates Kevin McKillip as the unflappable "Godfrey" and Hayley Rice as the comic maid "Edith." MY MAN GODFREY begins previews January 27, opens January 30 and runs through February 28, 2016.
There's no reason this can't work on stage, though it might help if the city dump lacks the aromatic presence of the real thing. For more on this, go to http://www.broadwayworld.com/chicago/article/First-Folios-2015-16-Season-to-Include-THE-MADNESS-OF-EDGAR-ALLAN-POE-MY-MAN-GODFREY-More-20150421. So start planning this, gang, and leave the cameras at home.