The musical aims to deliver the grittiness of ’80s New York, spotlighting Basquiat’s life and art as the central theme, and will be directed by Tony winner John Doyle, and composed by Jon Batiste, the bandleader and musical director of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.
Producers Alan D. Marks and Barbara Marks have also announced that the show’s development team has secured the rights Basquiat’s artwork and personal archives, and will work closely with the Basquiat Estate.
“Over the years, many people have approached us about telling our brother’s story on stage, but having discussed this project with the Marks over many months, our interest was piqued once we understood that their approach to telling our brother’s story treats his life, his art and his legacy with respect and passion,” said Basquiat’s sisters Lisane Basquiat and Jeanine Basquiat in a statement. “With Jon Batiste and John Doyle leading the creative team, we are thrilled with the possibilities. We cannot wait to begin the developmental process. Broadway is a new world for us, and we looking forward to sharing our brother’s life and art.”
Jon Batiste, who is writing the music and lyrics, said, “I want people to leave this show inspired to create. I want them to not only learn about Jean Michel Basquiat, an innovator, but to also feel the visceral thrill of the creative process and to deepen and discover their own creativity. We have an opportunity to tell a truly profound story, full of emotional highs and lows, with unbelievable art at the center.”
An official release date for the broadway musical has not been announced yet, but for the full story, head over to Deadline.
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