The life and artwork of Jean-Michel Basquiat, arguably one in every of the most influential artists of the 20th century, is the focus of a brand new present headed to Broadway. On Tuesday, it was introduced that the artist’s property would oversee the stage play, which can be directed by Tony winner John Doyle and scored by Jon Batiste, the musical director of The Late Present with Stephen Colbert.
In keeping with Broadway.com, the pair have obtained the rights to Basquiat’s archives and art work.
“I’m thrilled to have the alternative to collaborate with Jon Batiste to carry to life the world of Jean-Michel Basquiat,” Doyle mentioned in an announcement. “Exploring his 1980s New York Metropolis will assist us entry the connections Basquiat made via the extraordinary physique of labor he created in his brief lifetime.
The Brooklyn-born artist was a distinguished determine on the New York artwork and membership scenes from the late ’70s till 1988, when he died from an overdose at the age of 27. He frolicked with the likes of Andy Warhol, Madonna and David Bowie. His artwork critiqued social energy constructions in daring and experimental methods. Basquiat stays a fixture in popular culture and is commonly talked about by icons together with JAY-Z.
“I would like individuals to go away this present impressed to create, I would like them to not solely study Jean-Michel Basquiat, an innovator, however to additionally really feel the visceral thrill of the artistic course of and to deepen and uncover their very own creativity,” Batiste mentioned. “We’ve got a chance to inform a really profound story, stuffed with emotional highs and lows, with unbelievable artwork at the middle. I’m honored to work with veteran storyteller John Doyle, the Marks and the Basquiat household. We’re assembling a crew to assist craft a boundary-pushing masterpiece impressed by a real American authentic.”