Cheating spouses, escaped convicts, farting midgets, knife-wielding deacons and sassy strippers are just some of the odd characters who may be headed to the Broadway stage thanks to R&B singer R. Kelly. The Grammy winner may adapt his wacky Trapped in the Closet music video series into a Broadway musical, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
During a Q&A session after a screening of the most recent volume of his bizarre passion project, Kelly announced he “just got an offer from Broadway to do a Broadway version.” So will Kelly reprise his role from the music videos to make his Broadway debut headlining the stage version? “That’s what’s being negotiated right now because it takes a lot of time to do these chapters—I’m the only one in the studio writing these chapters,” he said.
Trapped in the Closet is a 23-chapter song series released from 2005 to 2012. Each song features its own music video, which tells the story of a man namd Sylvester (played by R. Kelly in the videos) who, after waking up from a one-night stand, is forced to hide in the woman's closet in order to prevent being caught by her boyfriend. This sets off a wacky and hilarious chain of events. Kelly reportedly has an additional 62 chapters of the series in the works as well.
In addition to the Trapped in the Closet series, Kelly’s hit singles include “Bump n’ Grind,” “Your Body’s Callin’,” “I Believe I Can Fly," “Ignition (Remix),” “If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time,” “The World’s Greatest” and “I’m a Flirt.” At one time the singer was even rumored to pen the musical adaptation of Rocky.
Click below to see the first installment of Trapped in the Closet!