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And no, we’re not talking about that one street in your city that is Broadway, but the Great White Way in NYC. The real Broadway, which has brought you classic plays like “RENT,” “Les Miserables,” “FELA!” and other classics just might be bringing you the hilarity that is the “Trapped In The Closet” saga, brought to you by the R-uh.
While at a screening in NYC to showcase the newest episodes and twisted plotlines of “Trapped In The Closet” earlier this week, which debut on the IFC channel on Black Friday, R. Kelly said that he had been offered the opportunity to possibly take his characters and storytelling to the big stage, and he says, “To transform it into a Broadway version, that’s what I’m working on.” According to CBS News, R. Kelly will also appear in a few performances, and he says that he had always wanted to act, so doing “Trapped In The Closet” allowed him the chance to do so:
“I’m just having a lot of fun. I don’t have a job, so I sit in the studio all day and think of stuff to do and this is just something stupid I’ve done that’s been successful for me,” he said. “I’m having a lot of fun with it.”
And according to Rolling Stone, you’re probably going to have fun watching the newest episodes in what they and Kelly call his “hip-hopera.” The plotlines include everything from characters with HIV, folks fighting against a mob boss, and a pimp (ya’ll remember Lucius) trying keep his business going. And if these new episodes aren’t enough for you, I’m sure you will be geeked to know that Kelly says he has more than 50 new chapters coming and he’s ready to milk this cow and drive this car until the wheels fall off. Yay.
As he said to reporters after the screening, according to CBS News:
“I want everybody to know I’ve got 85 chapters of ‘Trapped in the Closet’ waiting in the studio for y’all,” he said. “The chapters that are coming – the show, we call it – is going to exceed every chapter that you have ever seen.”
As entertaining as these short opuses of rachetness are, I just truly can’t see “Trapped In The Closet” as something to take seriously on Broadway, especially since there is climactic ish going on every five minutes: “I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S A MAN!” OH MY GOD IT’S A MIDGET!” “OH MY GOD IT’S A RUBBER!”–and on and on and on. But it’s clear that the people like what R Kelly is serving in his interesting form of storytelling, and we know there will be more colorful shenanigans that somebody will pay to see if it ends up on Broadway for real. Question is, would you be one of those people paying to see “Trapped In The Closet” on Broadway?
“Oh my god a rubber!”
Remember that line from the throwback “Trapped in the Closet” episodes? LOL Well the series is back!
Rufus, Kathy, Sylvester, Gwen, Big Man, Twan, and the rest of the crew are back for a new rendition of R. Kelly’s very own personal soap opera — mostly starring him of course. It’s been a hot minute since this series debuted, but Kells is picking up right where he left off — apparently trying to figure out where the heck Chuck is. (Peep R. Kelly’s vocals at the end of the video, hilarious!)
R. Kelly claims #Trapped is going to last forever with IFC’s backing. Depending on how people react to the revival, he might be right. Check out episode 23. What do you think?
Oh Kells: R. Kelly Joins The Long List of Celebs Who Don’t Think They Have To Pay Taxes Like The Rest Of Us
Common sense tells you you can’t just not pay your taxes and observation should tell you if you’re a celebrity, no matter how long you think Uncle Sam doesn’t know you owe him, he will eventually catch up to your black tale and make you pay.
R. Kelly is the latest IRS casualty and his tax demise has been seven years in the making, which is why he now owes the feds $4.8 million. Here’s the breakdown by year.
2005 – $1,472,366.77
2006 – $710,520.51
2007 – $376,180.11
2008 – $1,122,694.90
2009 – $173,815.18
2010 – $992,495.24
Now if you think back several months, R. Kelly was out here trying to get funding just to release another 800 chapters of “Trapped in the Closet,” which interestingly came out in 2005 when his tax issues started, so we know this man doesn’t have the money.
A rep for Kells told TMZ, “R. Kelly is in the process of working everything out with the government and is confident that all his obligations will be satisfied.”
I hate to say it, but he might want to get a reality show like everyone else, including his ex-wife, just to settle this debt. Or, he should actually focus on coming out with a new album instead of reviving “Trapped in the Closet” seven years later. He could also try the Lauryn Hill approach, but as thoughtful as her tax evasion explanation was, I’m pretty sure the government is not hearing it. Poor Sylvester.
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Maybe R. Kelly thinks “Trapped in the Closet” will be the ticket to getting his mansion out of foreclosure, but if he doesn’t find any investors, it will be a no-go for the hip hopera and his home.
TMZ caught up with the pied piper and he says he’s written an additional 32 chapters that he wants to film and release but “it costs a lot of money to do…so we’re looking for investors.”
I can’t lie, “Trapped in the Closet” was hilarious when it first came out in 2005. After the first 12 chapters, R. Kelly released another 10 in August 2007, exclusively on DVD. I’m not sure he can revive the series seven years after its original run—even five is asking a lot. But when you’re strapped for cash, you get creative. Check out the clip below to see where it all began.
What do you think of R. Kelly bringing back “Trapped in the Closet?” Are you over it or looking forward to it?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.