Courtney Love has shot down rumors that a Nirvana musical is in the works, according to Rolling Stone. Reports surfaced recently that on-again, off-again Britney Spears manager Sam Lufti claimed that he was working with Love on a Broadway show, which would focus on the life of her husband, late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, as well as their marriage and the band's career. But Love told England's Guardian, "There will be no musical. Sometimes it's best just to leave things alone."
- Although Love has been interested in making films about both her life and her husband's, she says she's been cautious about allowing Cobain's songs to be used in other projects.
- She explained, "I said yes once -- to (director) Baz Luhrmann to use eight seconds of 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' in Moulin Rouge. But he wasn't allowed to use it in the marketing."
- Love did sell half the rights to Cobain's publishing several years ago for tens of millions of dollars, but said now, "I got so bullied into selling what I sold. I regret it so much. I'm never selling the rest of it."
- Love added that she still controls the Cobain estate despite rumors that she turned it over to her estranged daughter, Frances Bean Cobain.
SIDE NOTES: Several successful Broadway musicals have been based on the music and/or lives of famous rock acts, including Jersey Boys, based on Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, the hair metal show Rock Of Ages, the ABBA-based Mamma Mia, Green Day's American Idiot and the Billy Joel musical Movin' Out. A show based on the music of Queen, We Will Rock You, was a hit in England.
WHAT DO YOU THINK??
- Would you like to see a musical based on the music and/or life of Kurt Cobain?
- Do you think grunge music could work in the context of a Broadway show?
- Do you think Courtney Love will keep to her word or sell out the rest of Kurt's legacy if the price is right?
INTERNET COMMENTS at The Guardian -- agree or not?
KnitterWoman wrote: "'I'll never let it happen.' At least until this obnoxious sociopath can find a way to exploit such an enterprise (a stage musical about the life of her unfortunate husband) for her own benefit, either in terms of increased fame (or notoriety)/attention, or money, or both."
The Right Sort wrote: "What a missed opportunity. I was keenly looking forward to seeing Kurt burst into sprightly song."
Huples wrote: "She is 100% correct in thinking a Nirvana musical would be horrible Can we not have the music and the memories without using them to sell phones and cars?
FF wrote: "Didn't she sell Kurt's private diary for all the world to see and dissect? Much as a fan I am of Nirvana and Cobain, the Diary was one thing I just did not want to even have a peek at. A Nirvana musical is too horrendous to even imagine. . .tap dancing to Negative Creep?"
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