Even though R. Kelly started Trapped in the Closet as an epic R&B telenovela parceled out in short webisodes, we’ve always had a feeling that he had loftier ambitions for his crazy series. And last night, as he premiered several new chapters to excited fans, R. Kelly revealed just what he has planned: He wants to make Trapped in the Closet into a Broadway show.
According to Gawker, at the event R. Kelly informed the crowd that he had ”just got an offer from Broadway to do a Broadway version.” When prodded by the interviewer as to whether he would appear in it, he reassured everyone that he would be just as involved as ever: ”Some of the cities, I can’t guarantee all of them, and that’s what’s being negotiated right now because it takes a lot of time to do these chapters—I’m the only one in the studio writing these chapters.” Those chapters, of course, being the 85 new installments he’s got waiting for everyone. Which is pretty incredible when you consider that the most recent one was Chapter 23.
The New York Post added that R. Kelly just kept talking up all of the surprises he’s cooking up in the studio: ”The chapters that are coming — the show, we call it — is going to exceed every chapter that you have ever seen.” Then he ended the night by leading the audience in an impromptu singalong to “I Believe I Can Fly.” Because he’s just that silly when it comes to Trapped in the Closet.
YES. I cannot tell you how awesome this sounds. If you think about it, the series is actually pretty well-suited to the stage: It’s almost entirely sung; it features crazy characters with names like Sylvester, Bridget, Big Man, The Pastor, and Pimp Lucius; and of course you have the dramatic thrust of wondering what and where The Package is! Plus, the choreographer can do so much to open up the action beyond what we’ve seen in these videos, which often take place in a single location like the kitchen or over the phone.
R. Kelly hinted that the show would definitely involve Bridget and her midget lover Big Man, plus the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. I’m telling you, I cannot wait. I know that seemingly wacky shows like Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark have stumbled on Broadway, but I think that in the right venue, for a limited run, Trapped in the Closet could be delightful.