Ex-Mötley Crüe bassist adapting his memoir into a musical
By David Sands
April 4, 2017
Nikki Sixx wants to bring his autobiography, The Heroin Diaries: A Year In The Life Of A Shattered Rock Star, to the stage, and he’s been taking steps lately to make it happen.
While the former Mötley Crüe bassist has been musing about turning his memoir into a theatrical production or a movie for several years now, he recently took to social media to let fans know he’s now actively working on a Broadway adaptation.
“End of a long and productive week working on The Heroin Diaries play. Really exciting to finally be digging into the details and talking through set design & music for the theater stage (obviously I have a lot of experience with set design which is helpful but a theatrical presentation is different in a lot of ways),” he said in an April 1 Facebook post.
“We have a great team and I am learning a lot,” he continued. “Really grateful we have the people we have for this show……The music is now laced in with the dialogue. Most of the songs are written already but I might need to write one more to fill a gap…….Next up after I recover from surgery [for a shoulder operation] next week is casting….Have a great weekend….”
The Heroin Diaries chronicle a period of Sixx’s life during the late ‘80s while he was struggling with a drug addiction that almost turned deadly. An expanded tenth anniversary version of the book with extra chapters and a new foreword should be out later this year.
The musician’s current group Sixx: A.M., which also includes singer James Michael and guitarist DJ Ashba, was originally assembled to record an audio soundtrack for the book. The Heroin Diaries play will mostly feature music from Sixx: A.M., but should also include a few Mötley Crüe songs.
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