Newswire: Seattle is producing a grunge jukebox musical
Get your striped shirts, disaffected expressions, and tap shoes ready: a Seattle-based musical, centered on the world of grunge music, is on its way. That’s per Variety, which notes that the Seattle Repertory Theatre has commissioned a new play based on the world of ’90s-era alt-rock.
What’s interesting about the project is that the theater has apparently struck a licensing deal with BMG, which owns the rights to music from bands like Nirvana, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, and Smashing Pumpkins. Given that former Nirvana manager Janet Billig Rich (who also helped assemble Rock Of Ages) is also aboard the project, the phrase “Kurt Cobain jukebox musical” is now just biding its time to explode out into the world. (It doesn’t help that the play’s plot will reportedly focus on “a brilliant grunge musician” who meets an untimely death.)
As Variety notes, interest in the grunge scene …