Rupert Pupkin’s delusions of latenight grandeur will soon be set to music.
Stephen Trask, the composer and lyricist behind “Hedwig & The Angry Inch,” and Chris D’Arienzo, the author of “Rock of Ages,” will adapt “The King of Comedy” for the Broadway stage.
New Regency will back the musical, which draws on Martin Scorsese’s 1983 black comedy of the same name. The company’s founder Arnon Milchan produced the film, which sent up celebrity worship and starred Robert De Niro and Jerry Lewis. It centers on an aspiring comedian who kidnaps a talk show host in the hopes of forcing his way onto television.
“The King of Comedy” is a cult classic, but it was a box office disaster in its day, earning only $2.5 million, a fraction of its $19 million cost.
Trask and D’Arienzo are represented by CAA, and Trask is managed by Steven Saporito.