Courtney Love is Planning a Nirvana Musical

In 2012, we heard rumors about a Nirvana musical. Very soon after those rumors started surfacing, Courtney Love shot down the idea, explaining, “There will be no musical.”

Since then, Courtney Love has been busy with Nirvana-related plans. With the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death approaching (April 5), Courtney told NME that she’s planning a biopic and a documentary. She also says that after seeing fans’ reactions to the prospect of an on-stage production, she’s been looking into making the Nirvana musical a reality.


After being swarmed by tons of Nirvana fan mail and social media posts pushing for a musical to become a reality, both Frances [Bean Cobain, Kurt and Courtney's daughter] and I have thought long and hard and agreed that if we can reach up to the highest shelf and select a team of the greatest and most respected writers, producers and directors, then a Broadway musical is very likely to happen.

There would have to be a story, and a great story, one that hasn’t been told before. I would devote countless hours with an A-team to create a project that reflects Kurt in the most respectful but honest way possible, so that his story, his music and his legacy can be resurrected on stage for not only the world to see, but more importantly for our daughter to see. I know her father’s spirit will be on that stage, and sitting in that theatre with her will be the most emotional experience of our lives.


Just last year, Love said to Bust:

The Nirvana stuff is fucking cursed in my opinion… Somebody has to guard the gates of this thing, because you know what would happen? The second I sell [the rights], it becomes a jukebox musical, makes a billion dollars, and you’ve got jazz hands on Broadway. Or he’ll be in Gatorade commercials.


In other Nirvana-related news, police recently took another look at the case involving Kurt’s death and released new photos from the scene. No new information was revealed, and the case is still closed.

(NME)