R. Kelly working to bring ‘Trapped in the Closet’ to Broadway
By NEKESA MUMBI MOODY AP Entertainment Writer November 20, 2012 9:10AM
In this Feb. 12, 2011, photo, R. Kelly performs in Beverly Hills, Calif. Kelly announced on Nov. 19, 2012, that he's had an offer to bring "Trapped in the Closet" to the stage, and he may even be in some performances. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
Updated: November 20, 2012 9:10AM
NEW YORK — Is Broadway ready for Twan, Sylvester, Pimp Lucius and “the package”? R. Kelly thinks so — and says he’s working to bring the wacky characters and plotlines in his even wackier “Trapped in the Closet” series to the Great White Way.
The superstar announced Monday night that he’s had an offer to bring the cult classic to the stage, and he may even be in some performances.
“To transform it into a Broadway version, that’s what I’m working on,” he told a packed house at the Sunshine Theater, where he unveiled the latest chapters in “Trapped in the Closet,” which will debut on the IFC channel on Friday.
Kelly gave no other details about a possible Broadway adaptation of the wildly popular video opera. It got its start from a stirring series of songs Kelly debuted in 2005, which ended with a cliffhanger. The songs captured so much attention that Kelly made an over-the-top video series about it that just got crazier and crazier as he added more chapters.
Kelly has often referred to “Trapped” as an alien, and on Monday, he said: “I’m glad to be one of the astronauts to take this thing to the unknown.”
He thanked the enthusiastic crowd for accepting the series, and admitted that he always wanted to act: “Somehow, I landed ‘Trapped in the Closet’ from being silly.”
He also joked about the ridiculous nature of the series.
“I’m just having a lot of fun. I don’t have a job, so I sit in the studio all day and think of stuff to do and this is just something stupid I’ve done that’s been successful for me,” he said. “I’m having a lot of fun with it.”
The latest chapters introduce a few new faces, and like the others series, ends with a cliffhanger. While it’s taken Kelly five years to add these latest chapters, Kelly says he won’t take as long to produce more.
“I want everybody to know I’ve got 85 chapters of ‘Trapped in the Closet’ waiting in the studio for y’all,” he said. “The chapters that are coming — the show, we call it — is going to exceed every chapter that you have ever seen.”
Kelly capped off the evening with a rendition of one of his biggest hits, “I Believe I Can Fly,” for the audience.
Nekesa Mumbi Moody is the AP’s Global Entertainment & Lifestyles Editor. Follow her at http://www.twitter.com/nekesamumbi