There’s a theater piece about the Wu-Tang Clan taking down Martin Shkreli? And it includes the legendary Bill Murray? Yes, please.
Written by Lauren Gundrum and Joel Esher, this new musical draws inspiration from the real-life events that took place late last year. Here’s a refresher: In November of 2015, the Wu-Tang Clan auctioned off its one-of-a-kind album, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, for a hefty $2 million price tag. The man behind the purchase was Shkreli, the notorious "pharma bro" who jacked up the price of Daraprim to $750 a pill. It was a shame that one of America’s most-hated men would own such a music gem, and to make matters worse, he threatened to destroy it.
Soon after he took ownership of the album, someone leaked a document that was supposedly a part of Shkreli’s contract with Wu-Tang. It included a clause that allowed the "Wu-Tang Clan and/or actor Bill Murray" to "legally plan and attempt to execute one (1) heist or caper to steal back Once Upon Upon A Time In Shaolin, which, if successful, would return all ownership rights to the seller."
Unfortunately, the document was bogus. But the silver lining is that it inspired Gundrum and Esher’s musical called Martin Shkreli's Game: How Bill Murray Joined the Wu-Tang Clan, which has just been accepted to the Midtown International Theater Festival.
In order to make the musical a reality, the creators have started a crowdfunding campaign to pay for advertising, props, rehearsal space, and general production expenses. They have currently raised about $1,200 out of their goal of $6,500.
To help the cause, which will result in some decent perks, go to the musical’s IndieGoGo page.