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September 25, 2015

Putting on a Broadway musical isn’t just a matter of writing a few songs and a script (the book for you theater majors) in a few weeks and renting a theater. The composer, lyricist and playwright take months to put everything in place just to be ready for workshops, which are best described as beta-testing. What works and doesn’t work, what actor can or cannot play the part, all of it is up for revision. And the revisions can take some time. It can literally take years for opening night to arrive.

All of that costs money, and Theatremania.com says, the price now “is now typically between two to three million dollars for plays, seven to ten million for a mid-size musical, and in excess of 12 million for a large-scale musical.”
 
Naturally, theater investors want a sure thing, and that means tried and true shows. That’s why there are so many revivals; if it played well years ago, we can make a profit now. And that conservative approach spills over into content. Yes, we have shows that take on gender stereotypes, race and religion, but there is still a resistance to some subject matters.
 
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September 26, 2013

An invitation-only reading of a musical version of "The Happy Hooker," the 1971 memoir by Xaviera Hollander that inspired the 1975 Lynn Redgrave film, will be presented Oct. 7 at The Cutting Room.

The Happy Hooker: The Musical features music by Warren Wills and a book and lyrics by Richard Hansom. Hollander serves as co-author and creative consultant for the musical, which is billed as "Broadway-bound."

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  April 12, 2011

According to the Daily News, THE HAPPY HOOKER, a best-selling 1971 book by Xaviera Hollander, is being turned into a musical. Writer Richard Hansom and composer Warren Wills are currently working on the project, which held a New York Preview last Wednesday for interested producers.

Co-author Yvonne Dunleavy described the show, which follows the same arc as the memoir, as a: "merry little romp with an insouciant young lady. It's as contemporary as sex."

In 1968, Hollander left her job as the secretary of the Dutch consulate in Manhattan to become a call girl, where she made $1,000 a night. A year later she opened her own brothel called the Vertical Whorehouse and soon became New York City's leading madam. In 1971, she was arrested for prostitution by New York police and was forced to leave the U.S.
 
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  April 11, 2011

"The Happy Hooker" is looking for clients on Broadway!

A musical adaptation of Xaviera Hollander's best-selling 1971 memoir is in the works, according to Yvonne Dunleavy, one of Hollander's co-authors and ex-wife of tabloid legend Steve Dunleavy.

Long before the empowered sex-worker likes of Kristin (The Manhattan Madam) Davis and Sasha (The Girlfriend Experience) Grey, Hollander was a young woman in New York delighted to be making a living having sex.

After coming to the city from Amsterdam (by way of a broken engagement in South Africa), Hollander realized that plenty of men were willing to pay for her favors — and soon became a leading madam, and the proprietor of her own "Vertical Whorehouse."

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