‘Betty Boop’ gets creative makeover

Broadway bound musical taps veteran trio

The long-gestating “Betty Boop” tuner has a new creative team, with pop composer-producer David Foster penning the tunes and Sally Robinson and Oscar Williams writing the book.

Producers aim to land the show on the Rialto during the 2010-11 season.

Foster — who has worked with acts including Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand, Michael Buble and Josh Groban — has picked up 15 Grammys, including three for producer of the year. “Boop” will be his Rialto debut.

Robinson has written for both TV (HBO’s “Iron Jawed Angels”) and film (“Medicine Man”).

Foster is the third composer to be attached to “Boop,” which was announced in 2003 with tunesmith Jason Robert Brown and book writer David Lindsay-Abaire. About a year later, Andrew Lippa replaced Brown.

Based on the Max Fleischer cartoon star, “Boop” centers on Betty and pals Bimbo and Koko as they try to reunite her inventor grandfather with his paramour. Curvy character was created in the 1930s and has since become an omnipresent merchandising icon.

Ostar Prods. (“Thurgood,” “All My Sons”) produces the tuner. Robyn Goodman and Andrew Farber are no longer attached.

No plans for an out-of-town tryout for “Boop” have yet been announced. On Broadway, tuner will shimmy into a Nederlander theater to be determined.

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