Today, there have been several announcements in the news that a True Blood Musical is in the works and what a big surprise it is. Well, it’s no surprise to us! We knew about it two years ago.
The big news today is that the project has been green lit for Broadway!
Unfortunately for all the Stephen Moyer fans, Steve will not be involved even though he helped Nathan Barr, True Blood’s Music Composer, during the early stages of it’s development, see below:
In an interview with the NYDailyNews in June 2014, Stephen said the following about the early days of developing the project:
“I helped Nathan with some of the songs and we presented them to producers,” Moyer told Confidenti@l at the “True Blood” season seven premiere in L.A. Tuesday. “It is really interesting what he is doing and the music was actually quite good.”
Though he was happy to help Barr behind the scenes, Stephen, who starred in NBC’s highly rated live telecast of “The Sound of Music” last December, tells us he won’t be playing “Vampire Bill” on Broadway.
“Working in Broadway is tough and we have a young family here in L.A. And this stage show would be a younger man’s role,” says Moyer, 44. “It’s time for me to move on from this now. I have loved every minute of it, but Anna and I are laying it to rest.”
WE LEARNED ABOUT THE MUSICAL AT THAT TIME, TOO:
I (Lynnpd) was invited to be a member of the press on the red carpet at the True Blood Season 7 premiere in June 2014 and there I learned the news that Nathan Barr was writing a True Blood musical for Broadway! Collaborating on this project is singer Lisbeth Scott, known for her Pie Cry song in True Blood.
Watch the video below from the premiere with Nathan Barr where he talks with me about the musical:
During this interview with Nathan I brought up attending his recent event, “An Evening with FX Composers” sponsored by The Society of Composers and Lyricists at The Linwood Dunn Theater in Los Angeles where True Blood’s Nathan Barr was one of three composers featured. If you’re a fan of Nathan’s music like I am, click on the following link to learn all about the three composers interviewed during that event: vault-exclusive-nathan-barr-composers.
While on the red carpet in 2014, Nathan also revealed the following further info to AP:
“This was something that I pitched to HBO and (show creator) Alan Ball,” said composer Nathan Barr, speaking on the arrivals line at the “True Blood” season premiere Tuesday night in Hollywood. Barr has written the instrumental scores for the series’ entire seven seasons, the last of which debuts Sunday.
Barr said the musical will revolve around protagonist, telepath and waitress Sookie Stackhouse, portrayed in the series by Anna Paquin. But, Barr added, after seven seasons of twists, turns and characters for Sookie, it’s proven a challenge to trim the saga down.
“I think we’re really going to try to return to the roots of the show,” Barr commented.
Barr said he hopes to present a workshop version about a year from now, but he’s not looking beyond that. Barr further said: To say this is “Broadway bound” is premature.
“There’s no guarantees,” the composer warned. “But I think the direction we’re heading in is really exciting.”
Watch another video taken at the Season 7 premiere that includes Nathan where he talks about the musical, his section starts at about 1:30:
Then, today we found the article below from the New York Post.