CHICAGO, IL, June 22, 2014 – As we anxiously await Sunday nights premier episode of the seventh and final season of True Blood, we may get a chance to return to vampiric buffet with ‘True Blood’: The Musical.”
The idea is the brainchild of composer Nathan Barr who has written each of the instrumental scores tor the shows seven seasons.
“This was something that I pitched to HBO and (show creator) Alan Ball,” said Barr, speaking on the arrivals line at the “True Blood” season premiere Tuesday night in Hollywood.
Reports are that series star Stephen Moyer, who recently appeared in the live TV showing of The Sound of Music musical, is attached to the project development.
“I helped Nathan with some of the songs and we presented them to producers,” Moyer told [email protected] at the “True Blood” season seven premiere in L.A. Tuesday, where he was joined by wife and co-star Anna Paquin. “It is really interesting what he is doing and the music was actually quite good.”
Moyer has said that he will not reprise the role of Vampire Bill for the stage.
“Working in Broadway is tough and we have a young family here in L.A. And this stage show would be a younger man’s role,” says Moyer, 44. “It’s time for me to move on from this now. I have loved every minute of it, but Anna and I are laying it to rest.”
Like the HBO production Sookie Stackhouse will be at the center of musical. In the source material, The Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels by Charlaine Harris, Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin in the HBO series), is a telepath and she is part fae.
After seven seasons of development story lines around Sookie and the cask that includes Sookie’s love interest, the 173 year old vampire, Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer, Pacquin’s real life husband), Tara Thornton (Rutina Wesley), Sookie’s best friend; Sookie’s womanizing brother Jason (Ryan Kwanten); The Nordic Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård) who is the Vampire Sheriff of Area 5, where Bon Temps is located. Then there is psychic medium and communicator with the dead Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis), a short order cook, drug dealer, road crew member and medium and Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammel) previous owner of Merlotte’s bar and Mayor of Bon Temps in Season 7.
And Sam is a shape shifter.
“I think we’re really going to try to return to the roots of the show,” Barr commented.
Barr cautions that while he hopes to present a workshop version of the musical in 2015, to say that the show is “Broadway bound” is premature.
“There’s no guarantees,” the composer warned. “But I think the direction we’re heading in is really exciting.”
The final season premiers tonight, June 22, 2014 at 9:00pm on HBO. Communities Digital News will be live chatting the premier show, directed by Moyer and featuring the long awaited coupling of Sookie Stackhouse and Alcide (Joe Manganiello), the Alpha Male, leader of the Werewolves.
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