R Kelly has said that he is writing a prequel book to his hip-hop opera Trapped In The Closet.
Speaking to Fast Company, via Pitchfork, the R’n’B star said that the book also features in the current chapters of the musical project. He said:
The ‘Trapped in the Closet’ book you see as an infomercial in the new chapters is a book that’s on its way, that I’m writing.
He added of the characters which feature in the opera: “I know where Chuck was before he met Rufus. I know what was happening before they actually met. I know what happened with Bridget and the midget and everybody else’s situation. So I feel like the fans have supported ‘Trapped in the Closet,’ so I feel like it’s time to introduce them to these people before what they saw.”
He continued: “It’s the prequel meeting the sequel. You’ll get to find out a lot of things you don’t know, or that you can’t know, unless you read the book or unless I tell you – so I decided to do a book on it.”
News of the book comes after R Kelly also revealed that he is turning Trapped In The Closet into a Broadway musical.
Speaking at the premiere of the new chapters at New York’s Landmark Sunshine Theatre earlier this month, Kelly revealed that he has plans to take the show onto Broadway.
In a post-screening Q&A, Kelly announced he “just got an offer from Broadway to do a Broadway version” and was in the process of adapting the shorts for the stage.
New chapters of ‘Trapped In The Closet’ are currently airing on IFC.