Clive Davis has played a key role in some of the biggest careers in pop music, including '60s rock icons Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead and Carlos Santana as well as pop and R&B hitmakers Barry Manilow, Whitney Houston and Alicia Keys. He’s long and consistently expressed the importance of finding first-rate songs, whether the artists come up with them on their own or they look to other writers.
So perhaps it should come as no surprise he’s harbored a lifelong affection to stage musicals and is working toward producing a revival of the 1950s Lerner and Loewe classic “My Fair Lady” for Broadway with a target date of 2014.
"I always wanted to produce a Broadway show, and I’ve never done it,” said Davis, 80. He sat down for an interview this week in his bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel, which he likes to call his “Grammy party war room” while mapping out his annual pre-Grammy Awards all-star bash that will take place this year at the Beverly Hilton.
“I’m hopeful we will prepare and finalize everything this year to bring ‘My Fair Lady’ next year to Broadway with a stellar cast,” he said. “I don’t want to jinx myself, but we're in discussions with two magnificent performers and a wonderful director to do that."