Yes, you read that headline correctly; a grunge musical is, in fact, in the works.
Per Variety, the original stage show is in the very early pre-production stages, but it will be based in 1990s Seattle as the grunge scene is exploding and feature songs from Alice in Chains and Soundgarden.
Obviously, we will have to wait for some time to see what exactly comes of this project, but if we had our way, these are four things we’d hope to see in the for now untitled grunge musical.
An un-ironic mention of Citizen Dick
The most popular nod to the Seattle grunge scene as of now is the 1992 Cameron Crowe film Singles, so if the people behind the stage show found a way to acknowledge the film, even if they worked a Citizen Dick poster into the scenery somehow, we’d be very impressed.
Rare interview with Cliff Poncier and recording of their seminal piece.
On average, it rains 135 days per year in Seattle. There has to be a way to incorporate a rain curtain or some sort of apparatus to make it rain on stage. At the very least, maybe the theater could pipe in some ambient rain noise.
I spent a rainy weekend in Seattle and recorded some awesome rain and city sounds. Distant cars and trucks drive by as steady rain pelts the patio. It's the perfect day for drinking hot chocolate and relaxing. Wait, did I say hot chocolate? This is Seattle we're talking about, um, I meant coffee.
Some sort of parody of Starbucks
The only thing more prevalent than rain in Seattle is Starbucks, which is the headquarters for the coffee chain giant. We’re not quite sure how to factor Starbucks into the musical, but dammit…they should find a way preferably without getting sued.
An honest portrayal of the city’s heroin problem
Okay…we know this has been a fun list, but it’s time to get serious.
You can’t realistically have a musical about the grunge scene and not address its heroin problem, which now in 2017 has reached epidemic levels all across the United States. By coming up with a poignant storyline to address the needle and the damage it’s done to so many Seattle artists that are no longer with us, there’s a potential that this show could be to heroin addiction what Rent was to AIDS.
Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger. The first man she ever loved was Jack Daniel. (True story.)