R Kelly adapting ‘Trapped In The Closet’ for Broadway

R&B star says he is currently working on a stage musical version of his hip-hop opera

R Kelly has revealed that he is adapting his hip-hop opera Trapped In The Closet into a Broadway musical.

The R&B star’s bizarre operetta, which he began in 2005, returns this Friday (November 23) on IFC, with 20 new chapters. You can see the first episode at the bottom of the page.

Speaking at the premiere of the new chapters at New York’s Landmark Sunshine Theate on Monday (November 19), Kelly revealed that he has plans to take the show onto Broadway, according to Gawker.

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.

When asked if there was plans for himself to appear in the Trapped In The Closet musical, Kelly added: “Some of the cities, I can’t guarantee all of them, and that’s what’s being negotiated right now because it takes a lot of time to do these chapters—I’m the only one in the studio writing these chapter.”

R Kelly recently spoke about his next album ‘Black Panties’, which he described as similar to his 1993 album ’12 Play’, which included tracks titled ‘Sex Me’, ‘I Like The Crotch On You’ and ‘Freak Dat Body’. 

Speaking earlier this year, he said: “When you’ve done twenty-something years, man, of giving people what they want, and satisfying people – people like to say they’re making babies off your music, they’re doing all this – it makes me feel good, but at the same time, it makes me say, ‘OK, now it’s time to go and do something that’s in me that I want to do and get out.’ The name of my next album is ‘Black Panties’ – that’s my next ’12 Play’.