The 1982 cult classic by Martin Scorsese, The King of Comedy, bags award-winning writers to adapt the script into a broadway musical. The writers will be Stephen Trask, the composer and lyricist behind “Hedwig & The Angry Inch”, and Chris D’Arienzo, the author of “Rock of Ages”. Alan Milchan – who produced the film – will be backing the musical with his company, New Regency.
Although the film was put to shame by the box office by only taking $2.5 million, the dark comedy still went on to become a classic. The story centres around an ambitious stand up comic, Rupert Pupkin (Robert De Niro), who is so desperate for fame, he finds himself kidnapping a successful comedian and chat show host in hopes of finally getting to perform his stand-up routine on Langfords TV stage. The Broadway show should hopefully be somewhat more successful financially than the film itself.