We can’t get enough of the sexy vampires and drama in our beloved HBO series True Blood, but does that mean we need a musical? Whether we need it or not, it seems like we’ll be getting one anyway.
According to The New York Post, HBO is quietly developing a musical based on True Blood. Apparently, the musical will be set in the same fictional town as the TV show — Bon Temps, LA where vampires, witches and fairies live among normal humans.
A workshop production has already been staged with director Pam MacKinnon at the helm. MacKinnon’s credits include Whose Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? and China Doll. The workshop’s cast included Ellen Foley (TV’s Night Court), Claybourne Elder (Broadway’s Bonnie & Clyde) and Ann Harada (Avenue Q). Nathan Barr, who scored the TV series, wrote the music for the production, and YA author Elizabeth Scott is responsible for the book and lyrics.
As of now, True Blood: The Musical needs some serious editing. Act one was almost 132 pages, so maybe we can count on the musical being just as long-winded as the series (but we hope not). There’s no word as to whether or not this will transform into a full Broadway production, but the whole thing is giving us mixed feelings.
For some reason, the thought of True Blood on Broadway seems kind of weird. Are we alone here? Is it the thought of singing vampires that makes the serious drama behind the show seem a little Twilight? Yes, there’s some camp in the series, but a musical could take it over the edge.
What do you think?