Composer David Foster has uprooted and moved to New York to make sure his musical “Betty Boop” finds its way to Broadway.
“I bought a place in New York City,” he told us at the Princess Grace Awards in L.A. “You cannot be that West Coast pop guy who rolls into New York and says, ‘Hey, I am going to do a Broadway musical’… I want to be accepted and not be ‘that guy from the West Coast.’ ”
Foster, who has won 16 Grammys as a producer for artists including Madonna, Alice Cooper, Chaka Khan, Michael Jackson and Barbra Streisand, has spent the past seven years trying to bring “Betty Boop” to the Great White Way. He plans to do a reading as early as December. “Kinky Boots” director Jerry Mitchell will oversee the project.
“It has been a long time in the making, but it is finally reaching fruition,” Foster said.
Laying down roots in Tribeca in Manhattan will be quite a change for Foster. On Tuesday, the Dailymail.com ran a feature story on Foster’s flashy bachelor pad in L.A., which he’s had for 12-years. Foster finally moved into that place full-time after leaving his sprawling Malibu home to his reality TV star wife Yolanda Foster. The couple split in January after 10 years together. But his new life—at least for now—is the Big Apple.
“It is vibrant and it is on fire 24/7,” he said of his new Lower Manhattan neighborhood. “I am having a great time there.”
There are lots of changes afoot for the 67-year-old music man, who has been linked to 33-year-old starlet Katharine McPhee. He insists they’re only friends.
“At a certain point in your career you need to go where you belong,” he said. “I love top 40 music, but it is not what I do anymore. But on Broadway, I can still write a good song that moves people.”