Last December, it was revealed that pharmaceutical nuisance Martin Shkreli bought the single, exclusive copy of the $2 million Wu-Tang Clan album, Once Upon A Time In Shaolin.
What seemed like an infuriating but solid business deal took a turn for the absurd when a rumor began circulating about an incredible clause in the album’s purchasing contract. Apparently, Wu-Tang could legally steal the album back if they teamed up with Bill Murray to commit a full-fledged heist. While this clause turned out to be false, two budding NYC musical creators thought that this spectacular premise had to go on.
Enter: Martin Shkreli’s Game: How Bill Murray Joined the Wu-Tang Clan, a forthcoming 70-minute musical adaptation of the heist that never was.
Creators Lauren Gundrum and Joel Esher are currently looking for cast members to play Murray, RZA, GZA, Ghostface and Martin Shkreli during auditions this weekend. According to Yahoo, the part of The Ghost of Ol’Dirty Bastard is already taken.
The show is set to premiere at the Midtown International Theater Festival in New York City at the Workshop Theater in July over the course of several dates.
Songs from the musical include the Wu-Tang rap “Shaolin Style,” and the overblown hard rock of “I’m Martin Fuckin’ Shkreli (And You Can All Go Fuck Yourselves),” which includes this gem of a lyric: “Cancer patients dyin’ if not for me / and all these sexy bitches are hot for me! / It doesn’t even matter they were bought for me.”
The creators are also asking for donations via an Indiegogo page to offset out-of-pocket costs. As they succinctly put it, “There’s no world in which Bill Murray, Wu-Tang and Shkreli belong together, and yet here they are. Truth is stranger than fiction.” (This is a loose use of the word “truth.”)
Check out the musical announcement video below, as well as Paste Cloud audio from a Wu-Tang Clan show in NYC circa 1999.