Johnny Depp is producing a Michael Jackson musical informed from the angle of Jackson’s well-known glove.
For the Love of Glove: An Unauthorised Musical Fable Concerning the Lifetime of Michael Jackson, as Advised by His Glove has been written by playwright Julien Nitzberg and debuts in Los Angeles in January.
The musical is described as “a recent, revisionist take a look at the unusual forces that formed Jackson and the scandals that bedeviled him”. Jackson’s glove is the musical’s hero, in addition to being a musically-inclined alien desirous to take over humanity.
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Actual actors will work alongside life-size puppets modelled after figures together with Corey Feldman and Bubbles the Chimp.
Depp and Nitzberg have been associates for a few years, with Depp’s manufacturing firm Infinitum Nihil beforehand growing a Nitzberg-scripted biopic of the Sixties one-hit marvel singer Tiny Tim. That undertaking would have starred Huge Lebowski actor John Turturro.
“It ended up by no means getting made, however I developed an excellent relationship with them,” Nitzberg informed Web page Six.
Of his Jackson play, Nitzberg stated: “A significant TV community needed me to put in writing a [Jackson] film… however the query got here up [about] methods to cope with the child-abuse allegations.
“[So] I stated, how’s this? Every little thing MJ has been accused of has truly been brought on by his glove, which is definitely an alien from outer area [and] feeds on virgin boy blood. They laughed and stated, ‘are you able to do the traditional model?’
“It was morally type of repugnant to me to do,” Nitzberg added. “I turned down a extremely huge paycheck.” Although he then determined to discover the thought for the stage.
For the Love of Glove runs will open 25 January, 2020 at LA’s Carl Sagan-Ann Druyan Theater.