Watch The Stage! Introducing Kanye West: The Musical
Thanks to students Philip Roser and his friend Damien Higginbotham from the drama society of the University of Sydney in Australia, Yeezy‘s theatrical life is finding it’s place onstage.
Kanye: The Musical, an hour-long production, will document West’s “humble beginnings writing beats for Jay-Z to the top of the pops remixing Daft Punk” according to the play’s Facebook page. “This is a story of a struggle against the man to become the man. It’s about a guy who took a shot at the throne and didn’t miss. This is the tale of Kanye. It won’t let the truth get in the way and will be a lot of fun.”
Philip and Damien will play several roles in the production, including Kanye’s late mother Donda West, who passed away in 2007 after a botched liposuction, and designer Marc Jacobs. “I’m a big Kanye fan, I thought that a musical in his honor would be a lot of fun to put on,” said Philip to Pop & Hiss (The L.A. Times Music Blog). “I really just meant the show to be something fun for my friends to see and I’m pretty excited by all the attention it’s been getting.”
Here’s a sneak peak at the musical’s playbill:
“A Big, Bright, Shining Star”—Big opening number, sung by Donda West upon her son Kanye’s birth.
“If Only I Could Be”—Young Kanye sees an early concert from Jay-Z, and instantly figures out exactly who and what wants to be.
“Straighten Up, Fly Right”—Sung by the Dean of Chicago State University, trying to tell an unmoved Kanye how to live his life.
“What You Want From Me, Huh?”—Kanye grows frustrated with his struggles in the music biz, and haters trying to tell him to give it up.
“The Night Chicago Lived”—Kanye finally gets to meet his idol, with Jay-Z accepting one of ‘Yeezy’s beats for his Blueprint album. Ends with a hint of the opening strains of “Izzo (H.O.V.A.).”
“Rappers on My Dick”—Kanye’s career blows up, with hip-hop icons coming out of the woodwork to request his beats. Features sycophantic guest verses from Nas, T.I. and Ludacris.
“Hlmpfmhphfm”—The tear-jerking act one closing number, sung by a post-car crash Kanye West from the operating table as his jaw gets wired shut.
“Me, That’s Who”—Kanye releases debut album College Dropout to great acclaim and commercial success, establishing himself as one of the biggest rappers in the game.
“Burn This Motherfucker Down”—An incensed Kanye overreacts to losing the Best New Artist award at the 2004 AMAs in the bathroom of the Shrine Auditorium.
“What Was I Supposed to Do?“—Mike Myers pleads for understanding after Kanye’s actions take him by surprise at a Hurricane Katrina relief drive.
“Killer Robots From Outer Space”—Kanye has his first eye-opening experience with hallucinogens backstage during the Glow in the Dark Tour. Daft Punk guest.
“Bitch in the Video”—While watching MTV, Kanye notices an unusual-looking, short-haired vixen dancing alongside Ludacris, and decides that she must be his.
“Why Me, Oh Lord?”—Kanye prays to understand his victimization after an incident with Taylor Swift at the 2009 VMAs.
“Look Away, Beyoncé”—A conflicted Kanye concludes that his growing crush on his best friend’s celebrity wife will only lead to trouble for all involved.
“One Day, They’ll Understand”—Kanye achieves something close to inner peace as he realizes that while certain actions and events in his life have initially been met with controversy, in time, all will come around to his way of thinking. The entire cast shows up and links hand for the final chorus: “Try and try but they just won’t see / Maybe they was never really ready for me / Don’t fret no more, hold my head in my hands / One day, I know, they’ll understand.”
Crikey! Kanye: The Musical will run at the University of Sydney’s Cellar Theatre from September 5-7th with tickets ranging from from $3-$6. Ready to take a trip down under to see the story of Kanye unfold before your very eyes?