September 26, 2018
The life and art of Jean-Michel Basquiat are to be turned into a stage musical, Deadline reports. The music and lyrics to the production have been written by Jon Batiste, a musician currently seen as bandleader on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Producers Alan D. and Barbara Marks have access to Basquiat’s art and personal archives.
In a statement, Batiste 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.”
A title and launch date for the musical remain unconfirmed.