Heckerling admits that casting the 'Clueless' jukebox musical is 'like, the main problem'
Classic teen movie Clueless, which celebrates its 20th birthday next month (July), is being turned into a Broadway musical.
Amy Heckerling, the writer-director of the 1995 film starring Alicia Silverstone, has confirmed that she has adapted her cult comedy for the stage. “I’ve written the, what they call the book and it’s a jukebox musical,” she told Entertainment Tonight. Kristin Hanggi, director of the successful Broadway production of Rock Of Ages, is on board to direct.
However, Heckerling did not reveal whether the Clueless “jukebox musical” will feature new original songs or renditions of favourites from the film’s soundtrack, which famously included Coolio’s ‘Rollin’ With My Homies’, Supergrass’s ‘Alright’, The Muffs’ cover of Kim Wilde’s ‘Kids In America’ and tracks by Radiohead, Lightning Seeds and Luscious Jackson.
Heckerling went on to describe casting the stage musical as “like, the main problem”. Silverstone starred as match-making valley girl Cher Horowitz in the 1995 film, which Heckerling conceived as a modern-day spin on Jane Austen’s Emma, flanked by co-stars including Paul Rudd, Stacey Dash and the late Brittany Murphy. Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX paid tribute to Clueless last year (2014) in the video for their US Number One hit ‘Fancy’.