The Wendy Craig sitcom BUTTERFLIES could be adapted for stage. It is about a woman who is a loving wife and mother and terrible homemaker who is on the verge of having a brief encounter with an equally kindly and despondent local businessman.
Bittersweet it is, and still has a lot of relevant commentary about women's roles.
And it comes tailor made with a theme song by Dolly Parton.
Dorothy! A new musical of the life, affairs, torment and tragedy of the diva Dorothy Squires who a major star in the 1950's. Her marriage to Roger Moore and her refusal to let him go. Using the songs she had hits with such as "Till", "My Way" "I'm walking behind you".
In 1973 she was charged with high kicking a taxi driver who tried to throw her out of his cab. In 1974 her Bexley mansion burned down, from which she escaped with her dog and all her love letters from Roger Moore. She then moved into a house in Bray which flooded three weeks later.
By 1982 she had been banned from the High Court, and had spent much of her fortune on legal fees. Her litigiousness was so excessive that, on 5 March 1987, the High Court declared her to be a "vexatious litigant", preventing her from commencing any further legal actions without the permission of the Court. In 1988 following bankruptcy proceedings she lost her home in Bray, to which she returned the following night to recover her love letters from Moore. Her last concert was in 1990, to pay her poll tax.
Squires was provided with a home in South Wales by a fan, Esme Coles. Squires retired there a recluse, and died in 1998 of lung cancer, aged 83 It is reported that when terminally ill, Roger Moore went to see Dorothy and on being told of his visit, she opened her eyes, said "that's all right then" and passed away. (Orchestra rises to a crescendo of "Say it with flowers". The curtain falls)
I wonder if Working Girl will be moved to the present or kept as a period piece? It has potential as a musical although I'm not sure if Cyndi Lauper is the right composer for it, it would be great if they could have Let The River Run in there as it's such a great song.