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Is a Prince Musical Coming to Broadway?

By Amanda Wicks

During his lifetime, Prince was known to be a prolific songwriter. He released nearly an album a year (or one every two years) for most of his career, and reportedly left behind an epic amount of unreleased music. The question is: What to do with all those songs?

Related: Gwen Stefani on Prince, the Future of No Doubt

Former EMI executive Charles Koppelman and Prince’s lawyer L. Londell McMillan will be overseeing all the music Prince left behind, and apparently there are some exciting things in the works.

Speaking with the New York Post, Koppelman said there are “vaults of music.” Beyond releasing albums and individual songs, though, he could envision mounting a Broadway musical or even developing a Cirque du Soleil-type show like the 2006 show Love, which featured reinterpreted music from The Beatles.

“Prince was an icon on the level of The Beatles and Michael Jackson, and his legacy should be honored,” Koppelman said. “Though his name was Prince, I always thought he was the king of music.”

With Lin-Manuel Miranda set to leave Hamilton in July, perhaps he could spearhead writing a narrative that would best show off all that unheard music. That seems like a match made in music heaven.

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