The Seattle Repertory Company is producing a new musical about the world of Seattle grunge music in the 1990s featuring songs by some of the biggest artists of the movement.
Variety reports that the musical will be an original, fictional story. While the project is still untitled, it will draw music from the BMG publishing catalogue, which includes the likes of Nirvana, Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins (a Chicago band that was lumped in with those bands hailing from Washington state), and Alice in Chains.
The storyline is said to be about a genius musician in the grunge scene, and the musical rival who is believed to have murdered him. The project was conceived by Wendy C. Goldberg, who will co-create the show with Matt Schatz. Schatz will write the musical’s book, while Goldberg directs.
Nirvana formed in 1987, with their first album “Bleach” released in 1989. This week, footage leaked from 1988 of the band recording a music video for their first demo tape. Nirvana continued on to major success until 1994 when frontman Kurt Cobain committed suicide after struggles with drug addiction.
In May 2017, Soundgarden member Chris Cornell was found dead, with the coroner officially ruling his case a suicide, though his family have suggested prescription drugs may have led him to kill himself. He was 52.