I've said it before and I'll say it again: I am forever confused by how certain subjects get turned into musicals. The last Broadway-bound adaptation I read about was a potential hot mess based on Kurt Cobain's life (despite Courtney Love's repeated statements that she was opposed to "any commercial exploitation of his legacy," she's now on board with a story "that reflects Kurt in the most respectful but honest way possible" -- in other words, SHOW ME THE MONEY!), and the latest WTF news from the singing/dancing front this: True Blood: The Musical.
Yes. A True Blood musical, brought to life by the composer who has written instrumental scores for the series' entire seven seasons. Whaaaaaaaaaat.
According to composer Nathan Barr, he successfully pitched the musical idea to HBO and show creator Alan Ball, and he's hoping to present a workshop version in about a year:
There's no guarantees, but I think the direction we're heading in is really exciting.
The musical would center around Sookie Stackhouse, although Barr plans to scale back from some of the many side stories and sprawl the series has accumulated over the years:
I think we're really going to try to return to the roots of the show.
True Blood co-star Stephen Moyer -- AKA "BEEEEEEEL" -- has been helping Barr put together "samples" of the musical concept. Moyer's got a pretty extensive theater background, and as you may remember, he recently performed in NBC's The Sound of Music.
Still, a True Blood musical just sounds flat-out weird, doesn't it? Although admittedly they did sort of venture into singing territory back in season 2.
I guess it's a way to keep milking the franchise, since the upcoming season is the last one. It should be interesting to see how this develops -- but I can't lie, the idea of Eric Northman singing makes me cringe. It'll be like that Mad Men season when Don kept writing in his diary about his feeeeeeeeelings.
What do you think about a True Blood musical?
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