Is a Kurt Cobain musical headed to Broadway?

Cobain's widow Courtney Love and daughter Frances Bean Cobain say its 'very likely' they will develop a musical thanks to 'tons of Nirvana fanmail' and social media support

Courtney Love wants to stage a Kurt Cobain musical after all. Despite declaring in 2012 that "sometimes it's best just to leave things alone", the Nirvana singer's widow now says it's "very likely" they will take his songs to Broadway.

Speaking to NME, Love said that she and Frances Bean Cobain, the couple's daughter, decided to move ahead with a stage musical so long as they can "reach up to the highest shelf and select a team of the greatest and most respected writers, producers and directors". They were apparently persuaded by "tons of Nirvana fanmail" and support for the idea on social media.

"There would have to be a story, and a great story – one that hasn't been told before," Love added. She said she wants to "resurrect" Cobain's music and legacy "not only the world to see, but more importantly for our daughter to see". "I know her father's spirit will be on that stage, and sitting in that theatre with her will be the most emotional experience of our lives," she said.

In 2012, Love's then-manager, Sam Lufti, claimed that they were already working on a Nirvana musical about Love's relationship with Cobain. But Love later denied plans to complete project: "I got so bullied into selling what I sold [of the Nirvana catalogue]," she explained. "I'm never selling the rest of it."

On 10 April, almost exactly 20 years after Cobain's death, Nirvana are set to be ushered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. REM's Michael Stipe will formally induct the band, who will be represented by Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselić, Love, and Frances Bean. "I haven't seen [Groh and Krist] in 20 years," Love told BBC Radio 4 on Tuesday. "I wasn't even going to go … [but] as long as it's in service to Frances, everyone's going to be a good boy or a good girl."

"I'm wearing a gown. She's wearing the opposite," Love added. "She's just wearing jeans."

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