Johnny Depp, in collaboration with film director Julien Nitzberg, is going to make an unauthorized musical about Michael Jackson, told from the perspective of the iconic glove of the King of Pop. Nitzberg makes this known to Broadwayworld .
The musical will be called For the Love of a Glove: An Unauthorized Musical Fable About the Life of Michael Jackson, as told by his Glove and will become a musical in which life-size dolls, controlled by actors, play the leading role. Dolls from among others the Jackson 5, Donny Osmond, Emmanuel Lewis, Corey Feldman and Bubbles the Chimp will make their appearance.
Nitzberg came up with the concept 17 years ago. “I am known for writing a lot of biopics,” he says. “A large TV network wanted me to write a movie about Jackson, but we couldn’t agree on how to deal with the allegations of sexual abuse,” Nitzberg said.
“Then the idea arose to tell the story through the eyes of the iconic glove,” says Nitzberg. “Everything that Jackson has been accused of is actually caused by that glove.” The story will therefore revolve around these scandals, how they shaped Jackson and damaged his reputation.
The financing for this project did not get off the ground and Nitzberg abandoned the project. Until Depp and his company Infinitum Nihil appeared on the scene and showed an interest in the musical. Thanks to this collaboration, the musical will be shown in LA from January 25.
Leading roles are reserved for Jerry Minor, as the glove and Eric B. Anthony as Michael Jackson.