Kurt Cobain Musical Coming to Broadway Thanks to Crazy Courtney Love

Kurt Cobain musicalI don't really understand musicals. I mean, it's not that I don't understand how they work -- you combine songs, spoken dialogue, acting, and dance, mix thoroughly, and toss up on stage with varying results -- it's that I don't understand how certain subjects get picked for musical theater. Carrie, for instance. High Fidelity, based on the the 1995 Nick Hornby novel. Heathers. Rocky: Das Musical. That expensive Spider-Man mess. And the upcoming Broadway adaptation of Kurt Cobain's life -- assuming Courtney Love gets her way.
Despite Love's passionate statement in 2012 that she would never let a Cobain-based musical happen because she was opposed to any commercial exploitation of his legacy, she seems to have changed her mind. Now she says it's "very likely" that Kurt: The Musical will make it to the stage after all.


Love has certainly pulled a 180 on this topic. Just a couple years ago, she claimed she'd been pressured into selling some rights to the Nirvana catalogue and that she was completely against the musical possibility:

I got so bullied into selling what I sold. I regret it so much. I'm never selling the rest of it. (...) There will be no musical. Sometimes it's best just to leave things alone.

Now she says she's been convinced by "tons of Nirvana fan mail" and support for the idea on social media:

There would have to be a story, and a great story, one that hasn't been told before. I would devote countless hours with an A-team to create a project that reflects Kurt in the most respectful but honest way possible, so that his story, his music and his legacy can be resurrected onstage for not only the world to see, but more importantly for our daughter to see. I know her father's spirit will be on that stage, and sitting in that theater with her will be the most emotional experience of our lives.

So I guess Love and Frances Bean Cobain are no longer estranged? Or maybe Love is hoping to reconnect with her daughter through the development of this musical? Or maybe she needs the cash?

Who knows, really. I guess a musical based on Kurt Cobain's life isn't really that strange, given the amazing library of music they'd have to work with. I'm not sure how his well-documented heroin addiction, illness, and depression would translate "in the honest way possible" to a stage performance, though. (God, how would it end?) And I can't help thinking that given his struggles with fame, he wouldn't exactly be thrilled to know his likeness and Nirvana's publishing were being used in this manner.

Still, Courtney Love owns those rights and she can do whatever she wants with them. I guess a Broadway musical is much less offensive to her than the time "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was used in a Muppets episode, to which she responded,

It was a disgrace. Like pissing on a grave.

What do you think about a Kurt Cobain musical? Does it sound like a good idea?

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