The musical has been in development since 2008 after producers David Johnson, Jesse Singer, Nate Bolotin and Aaron Ray bought the rights to adapt the 1991 novel. “Think about Malcolm McDowell singing songs during 'A Clockwork Orange". He sang 'Singing in the Rain"," the Herald Sun quoted Duncan Sheik, the new show"s composer, comparing his musical to a brutal attack scene in the 1971 film.
Sheik, who won a Grammy and two Tonys for writing the songs in the Broadway hit 'Spring Awakening", and playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa signed on in February and have completed the first act, with a full draft expected by early next year. “There are murders, and they are on stage in full view of the audience," Aguirre-Sacasa said.
“An axe and a chef"s knife will be used. I think there"s going to be a lot of blood," he stated.