Larger Than Life: Backstreet Boys Aiming For Broadway
Backstreet’s BACK! Get ready to relive your glory days 90’s kids! While jukebox musicals on Broadway have often been the songbooks of older, timeless artists… a new era may be dawning. That is right, with the artists we grew up with now looking to source their material in different avenues from albums and touring, there is in many cases one logical remaining creative outlet; Broadway. One of the most iconic bands of the 1990’s is now looking to do just that and we want it that way! Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that a Backstreet Boys musical is in the works with the potential for Broadway!
Backstreet Boy frontman Brian Littrell (Pictured Right) has revealed he has been working on a potential Backstreet Boys Broadway musical. First revealed to Broadway.com on the red carpet at Disaster’s opening night, Littrell responded to the question, “Do you think the Backstreet boys could ever have a Broadway show?”, with “Yes…Yes we can”. Littrell went on to say he has been working on a “Backstreet Boys broadway show for four years now”. According to Littrell, the musical, which has no title currently, tells the story of the of the group who grew up together and the achievements they accomplished. It will also explore the pitfalls and struggles the group has faced over time because “It’s not easy” says Littrell in regards to the groups continued success over time. The group most recently released an album in 2013, titled In A World Like This, almost 20 years after their first album hit the charts.
Littrell went on to tell Broadway.com more about his vision for the Backstreet Boys on Broadway saying he envisions the show to be “Jersey Boys meets Cirque Du Soleil”. (Can you imagine the Larger Than Life production number?!) He even mentioned the possibility of multiple productions with “a possible residency in Las Vegas” also as an option. Brian Littrell and fellow Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean were at Disaster’s opening night on Broadway to support Littrell’s son, Baylee, in his Broadway debut.
The Backstreet Boys are an American boy band group consisting of A. J. McLean, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson and Brian Littrell. The group first hit the charts in 1996 with their album Backstreet Boys. Since then, they have produced Backstreet’s Back (1997), Millenium (1999), Black & Blue (2000), Never Gone (2005), Unbreakable (2007), This Is Us (2009) and In A World Like This (2013). The group has taken a hiatus before regrouping before their Never Gone album release in 2005. Band member Kevin Richardson also departed the group in 2006 only to rejoin permanently in 2012. The group’s first documentary movie, Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of was just released in January 2015. Since first hitting the music charts in 1996 with their debut album titled Backstreet Boys, the band has gone on to sell over 145 million records worldwide making them the best-selling boy band in history as well as one of the best-selling music artists in the world. Does those stats finally settle the Backstreet VS Nsync battle!? Let’s not get started!
Luner Lowdown: The Backstreet Boys are the latest chart topping music group to consider their tunes for a full-out outing on Broadway. No new concept to The Great White Way, many artists have turned their catalogues into full stage productions that have both soared and sunk among Broadway audiences. Current hits Jersey Boys and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical are prime examples of revue shows with timeless tunes that have scored with crowds. I imagine a Backstreet Boys musical would be a huge hit among younger theatre-goers as it was a music they grew up to. However, the idea of making the show a “Jersey Boys meets Cirque” as Brian described it is interesting. It says to me this is more than just your typical revue show and potentially packing itself in for spectacle. We won’t lie to y’all, we’d probably be one of the first in line to purchase tickets to this!
Luner on Theatre will be sure to keep you updated on the possibility of a new Backstreet Boys musical in the near future! Whether its Broadway bound and leaping into Las Vegas, you can bet we’ll be covering it right here on our site because otherwise, we’d just be Incomplete. (<–2005 Album…Check it out!)