Pharmaceutical CEO Martin Shkreli — he of the impish grin and complete lack of human decency — made headlines earlier this year when he raised the price of a drug used by AIDS patients from $13.50 to $750. Milking his newfound infamy for all its worth, he then paid $2 million for the lone copy of Wu-Tang Clan’s album Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, thereby preventing anyone else on the planet from enjoying it.
Shkreli’s self-professed mission to become “the world’s heel” seemed to be going according to plan, but the real fun started when a fake contract for that album’s purchase started making the rounds. The fake sale contract had a clause stating that active Wu-Tang members could team up with actor Bill Murray and execute a “heist or caper” to legally take back their album.
While that clause turned out to be a hoax, it captured the imagination of a team of theater producers who are now producing a musical based on the fictional caper. Entitled Martin Shkreli’s Game: How Bill Murray Joined the Wu-Tang Clan, the “musical caper comedy” is currently raising funds on IndieGoGo and hopes to debut at New York’s International Theatre Festival this summer, as Fact points out. If you contribute $2 million to the campaign, you’ll get full ownership rights to the musical, packaged up in a silver-plated Wu box and delivered to you. Classic Shkreli move.
The musical was written by Lauren Gundrum and Joel Esher. Auditions are currently being held for the roles of Shkreli, Murray, and several members of the Wu-Tang Clan, so if you’ve ever dreamt of playing a pharmadouche on stage… today could be your lucky day.