A Broadway musical is in development at HBO based on the pay-cable channel’s hit series “True Blood,” The New York Post reports.
The vampire series ran for seven seasons before wrapping in 2014, chalking up a string of Primetime Emmy nominations and critical kudos.
Michael Riedel reports in The Post that director Pam MacKinnon recently put on a workshop in New York. “The cast included Ellen Foley (of TV’s ‘Night Court’), Claybourne Elder (Broadway’s ‘Bonnie & Clyde’) and Ann Harada (‘Avenue Q’),” he reports. “The music is by Nathan Barr, who scored the TV series it’s based on; YA fiction author Elizabeth Scott (who wrote the novel ‘Living Dead Girl’) is writing the book and lyrics, and I hear Alan Ball, who created the TV show, is keeping an eye on the stage version.”
Riedel adds: “Like the TV show, ‘True Blood: The Musical’ is set in the fictional town of Bon Temps, La., where vampires live among humans. The town also boasts witches, fairies, shape-shifters and werewolves. If a full production ever materializes, there will be plenty of special effects.”