Tony Award-winning director John Doyle is attached to a new musical in development about the life and art of Jean-Michel Basquiat.
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert's Jon Batiste is writing the music and lyrics for the Broadway-aimed production. Producers are Alan D. Marks and Barbara Marks.
The development team is working closely with the Basquiat Estate and have secured the rights to Basquiat’s art work and personal archives.
In a joint statement Lisane Basquiat and Jeanine Basquiat said, “Over the years, many people have approached us about telling our brother's story on stage. But having discussed this project with the Marks over many months, our interest was piqued once we understood that their approach to telling our brother’s story treats his life, his art and his legacy with respect and passion. With Jon Batiste and John Doyle leading the creative team, we are thrilled with the possibilities. We cannot wait to begin the developmental process. Broadway is a new world for us, and we looking forward to sharing our brother's life and art.”
Doyle added, “I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate with Jon Batiste to bring to life the world of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Exploring his 1980s New York City will help us access the connections Basquiat made through the extraordinary body of work he created in his short lifetime."
Composer Batiste stated, “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. We have an opportunity to tell a truly profound story, full of emotional highs and lows, with unbelievable art at the center. I’m honored to work with veteran storyteller John Doyle, the Marks and the Basquiat family. We are assembling a team to help craft a boundary pushing masterpiece inspired by a true American original.”
Additional creative team members and a timeline will be announced at a later date.