Prince fans know the legend of the thousands of songs sitting in the vault at the singer’s Paisley Park home. Now the New York Post is reporting that those long lost songs will now be released in a new musical production. Shortly after being appointed administrators of the music assets of Prince’s estate, music industry executive Charles Koppelman and the singer’s longtime lawyer/manager, L. Londell McMillan stated that some of those unheard tunes could be part of a new possible Broadway musical. Koppelman was quoted as saying:
“We’re going to be having a good time,” Koppelman told the paper. “There is so much to be done with this estate. There are vaults full of music.”
Reports indicate that one of the places some of that music could end up is in a “jukebox-style” Broadway musical similar to that of Michael Jackson: One Cirque du Soleil show or the Beatles LOVE spectacular.
“Prince was an icon on the level of The Beatles and Michael Jackson, and his legacy should be honored,” Koppelman added. “Though his name was Prince, I always thought he was the king of music.”
According to Billboard, McMillan, chairman and CEO of The NorthStar Enterprises Worldwide and owner of The Source magazine, worked with Prince for more than 10 years after the singer famously broke ties with Warner Bros Records. Koppelman, chairman and CEO of CAK Entertainment Inc., signed Prince to EMI for his Emancipation triple album.
Bremer Trust, the formal estate administrator as ruled by Carver Country District Court, was permitted to appoint the music industry vets to handle these aspects of the estate. Bremer is reportedly exploring ways to potentially turn Prince’s Paisley Park studio into a “Graceland-style museum.” They have already made a deal with streaming service Tidal to digitally distribute 15 of the singer’s albums. We will keep you posted as more details emerge.