Nirvana might be soon joining the ranks of Green Day and Carole King, hitting the Broadway stage for a musical that tells the tale of the seminal Seattle grunge band and its tragic frontman, Kurt Cobain.
“After being swarmed by tons of Nirvana fanmail and social media posts pushing for a musical to become a reality, both Frances [Bean Cobain] and I have thought long and hard and agreed that if we can reach up to the highest shelf and select a team of the greatest and most respected writers, producers and directors, then a Broadway musical is very likely to happen,” Courtney Love told NME in a recent memorial story about the deceased icon.
“It’s really scary because I don’t have an agent, and I really need a heavy-hitter who can protect me from it all,” she said, opining that for a musical to happen “there would have to be a story, and a great story, one that hasn’t been told before,” and asserting that the production would be, in part, for her daughter.
According to Love, she has been swarmed by entertainment business top brass and hopefuls alike when it comes to projects like the play and upcoming biopic and documentary. “It I wanted to date nothing but under-30, blond, beautiful, tortured boys — all these pretending-to-be-tortured actor guys — then I could have them on my arm every night, because they all wanna play Kurt,” she said.
As the 25th anniversary of Cobain’s death, April 5, approaches, his presence has been everywhere — from a comic book biography to Nirvana’s impending induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to newly released pictures of the scene of his death.
The proposed play joins a growing list of projects meant to keep the musician’s legacy alive.