NEW YORK — Playbill reported that a new show about the life of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner is headed for a trial run on Broadway.
The musical, titled “Hef” is set in Chicago between the ‘50’s and ‘70’s and profiles the life of Hefner and the founding of the Playboy empire. It also focuses on the relationship between Hefner and his assistant Bobbie Arnstein, who committed suicide in 1975.
“Hef” is based on a book by Bethany Christine Elkin and Jamie Donegan. Elkin is also the director.
A short window showcase is set to debut in Manhattan in August.
The producers have put out a casting call seeking a “witty and confident” 25-35 year old Caucasian male to play Hef, and a Caucasian female of the same age to play Arnstein who can be “Robin Williams meets Rosemay Clooney" and can sign in the style of Eydie Gorme or early ‘60’s Barbra Streisand.