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'Trapped In The Closet' On Broadway? R. Kelly Says He's Received Offers & Is Working On An Adaptation

by Tambay A. Obenson
November 20, 2012 9:35 AM
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Too bad I didn't attend last night's press preview of the new season of R. Kelly's Trapped In The Closet, which debuts on IFC this Friday, November 23. I was all tied up most of the day, yesterday, and I couldn't make it, unfortunately; because if I did, I'd have a full report for you on what to expect during this new season.

Instead, I'm relying on others who did attend for a fun-down of all that happened, including an appearance by R. Kelly himself after the screening, during which he talked about and revealed a number of items related to the series, most notably that he's working on a stage adaptation of the series, thanks to interest from Broadway producers, although he apparently didn't say who exactly.

When nudged for additional info, like if he'd star in it as well, Kelly replied details/deals are being negotiated at the moment, so nothing's finalized yet. He added that putting together each chapter in the series is an involved process, and he's an army of just one; so I guess the message there was, it'll take some time to put an entire stage show based on series together.

But he did say that he's already begun adapting the series for the stage.

So what do you guys think? Especially you theater geeks... a Trapped In The Closet on Broadway. Something tells me there won't be much applause for this one.

Catch the new season when it begins this Friday on IFC.

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  • ronda | November 20, 2012 10:37 PMReply

    please no

  • ALM | November 20, 2012 6:00 PMReply

    O___O I feel as if there are a laundry list of stories that need to be told on Broadway before this one is even brought up for consideration.

  • Adam Scott Thompson | November 20, 2012 10:26 AMReply

    His audacity has always been his success. Can't call it. If you can adapt "Spiderman" as a musical... I'm sure the chit'lin crowd will line up, but only if it's playing at an urban theater near them -- not on The Great White Way.

  • ChgoSista | November 20, 2012 11:23 PM

    Piggybacking off LovesFilmNMusic---he/she is right--the audience is not just urban. White folks are paying MUCH attention to TITC---just Google all the parodies--from Jimmy Kimmel to "South Park" to "SNL" and more, they're watching it--and loving it. Here in Chicago, numerous TITC "sing-a-longs" and karaoke parties are centered on it...

  • Lovesfilmnmusic | November 20, 2012 11:20 AM

    You're wrong my friend, the audience for TITC is NOT just urban. White folks love it and can't get enough of it. IFC funded Chapters 23-33. I worked on it. And if this is a success the next chapters will be shot in February. There are Sing Alongs planned in most major cities this weekend. And while I personally think its insane, trust, even TITC on Broadway will have an audience.

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