Finally, a project to unite Daily Show dorks and musical theatre geeks. (I am both.) Playbill reports:
A new musical about James Watt, U.S. Secretary of the Interior under Ronald Reagan, is being developed by David Javerbaum, five-time Emmy Award winner for "The Daily Show."
Javerbaum, head writer of Comedy Central's current-events show, is a Kleban Award-winner for his work writing musicals, and is the lyricist for the upcoming Broadway-aimed musical Cry-Baby.... Javerbaum told Playbill.com the satiric James Watt show (called Watt?!?) would be a "rock musical" (with music by GrooveLily and Striking 12 composer Brendan Milburn) because a rock sound would be utterly "inappropriate" to the story of conservative Christian Watt.
Javerbaum said the show isn't a smear job — "you like him by the end of it," he's sympathetic and humanized, the writer said.