In the latest issue of NME, Courtney Love suggests that a Broadway production based on the life of Kurt Cobain is "very likely to happen." Who else thinks this is a terrible idea?
According to Love, fans have been clamoring for a Cobain musical, and now she's convinced. From the interview:
Frances [Bean Cobain, Kurt and Courtney's daughter] 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 ... I would devote countless hours with an A-team to create a project that reflects Kurt in the most respectful but honest way possible, so that his story, his music and his legacy can be resurrected on stage for not only the world to see, but more importantly for our daughter to see.
Love talks about Cobain's "spirit" being on stage, and the idea that a musical would be for their daughter Frances Bean is, of course, touching. But that doesn't mean something like this would work in the slightest (and considering the past friction between Love and the managers of Cobain's estate, who knows). Are there any more oppositional forces in the musical world than the grunge of Kurt Cobain and a Broadway score? Would he even want his life story turned into a glitzy production? We don't want to speak for the dead, but it seems sort of contrary to everything Cobain represented, no? Thus the bastardization of Cobain's legacy trudges on.
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