She’s already a mega movie star, Oscar winner, lifestyle guru and mom-of-two — but now, Gwyneth Paltrow is trying her hand at producing a Broadway musical! According to a new report, the 44-year-old actress’ Go-Go’s-inspired show may finally be heading to the Big Apple.
This past weekend, Gwyneth reportedly threw a party at her Hamptons house to promote her Head Over Heels musical, which is a period piece set in the 1590s to the Go-Go’s 1980s songs. The bash’s guests included Gwyn’s mom, Blythe Danner, two kids, Apple, 13, and Moses, 11, Tony-winning director Michael Mayer, and Go-Go’s guitarist Charlotte Caffey.
“It was a friends and family thing,” Donovan Leitch, who is producing the show with Gwyneth, told Page Six. “It was billed as a tea party, but it was rosé all day.”
During the get-together, Gwyneth reportedly passed around an “investors one-sheet” in an attempt to get people to financially back the musical. “This project is a dream come true for me. I hope you will join us on this very exciting journey
— Gwyneth,” the pitch reportedly read.
According to several outlets, the Shakespeare in Love star hopes to bring Head Over Heels to Broadway for the 2018-2019 season. No word yet on if Gwyneth herself will star in the show in any capacity.
The show — written by Avenue Q veteran Jeff Whitty — previously debuted in Summer 2015 at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. At the time, reviews of the musical were mixed with some critics praising Whitty’s comedic script and others panning the inclusion of the Go-Go’s hit songs.
Gwyneth winning her 1999 Oscar for Shakespear in Love.
“The problem with Head Over Heels is precisely the opposite of what has doomed so many pop and rock songbook musicals. In this case, the book is deliciously witty, bawdy and full of loopy appeal — and written mostly in skillfully wrought iambic pentameter yet,” Charles Isherwood wrote in The New York Times.
“But the songs, nominally the selling point, are mostly revealed to be thin compositions that not only do little to enhance the story but also aren’t especially fun to listen to in reorchestrated, less peppy or poppy versions,” Isherwood continued.
The overall verdict from Isherwood? “Much as I enjoyed Head Over Heels and admired Mr. Whitty’s ambition in conceiving such an unlikely confection, I might have had a better time if someone had unplugged that jukebox,” he wrote. Here’s hoping Gwyneth’s show still makes it to Broadway!