Courtney Love has a history of being cagey about where and how the world sees her late husband, Nirvana icon Kurt Cobain. But now she has her sights set on bringing Cobain’s legacy to a completely new venue: Broadway.
In an interview for NME, Love says she has plans for a biopic, a documentary, and yes, a musical production. The publicity rights to the Nirvana frontman (i.e. the rights to his visage) are actually in the hands of Love and Cobain’s daughter Frances Bean Cobain, but she’s apparently on board too.
“After being swarmed by tons of Nirvana fanmail and social media posts pushing for a musical to become a reality, both Frances and I have thought long and hard and agreed that if we can reach up to the highest shelf and select a team of the greatest and most respected writers, producers and directors, then a Broadway musical is very likely to happen,” Love told NME.
“There would have to be a story, and a great story, one that hasn’t been told before,” she went on, adding that the play would have to involve some top talent and require the utmost care. “I would devote countless hours with an A-team to create a project that reflects Kurt in the most respectful but honest way possible, so that his story, his music and his legacy can be resurrected on stage for not only the world to see, but more importantly for our daughter to see. I know her father’s spirit will be on that stage, and sitting in that theatre with her will be the most emotional experience of our lives.”
News of Love’s plans comes amidst a swarm of accolades for Cobain surrounding the 20th anniversary of his death. Last month, Cobain’s hometown of Aberdeen, WA held a Kurt Cobain day, during which they revealed a (rather unfortunate) statue. Hoquiam, WA will have their own Nirvana day on April 10th. On the same day, Nirvana will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.