An edgy, new Broadway-bound musical will focus on the life and art of one of the most influential artists of the late 20th century, Jean-Michel Basquiat. Composed by Jon Batiste, the bandleader and musical director of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, the musical promises to deliver the raw grit of 1980s New York.
Producers Alan D. Marks and Barbara Marks announced the project Tuesday (Sept. 25) and set Tony winner John Doyle as the director. According to producers, the show's development team has secured the rights to his artwork and personal archives and will work closely with the Basquiat Estate.
“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," said Basquiat’s sisters Lisane Basquiat and Jeanine Basquiat in a statement. "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.”