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Is a True Blood Musical in the Works?

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Is a True Blood Musical in the Works?Remember back in January when rumors of a possible “True Blood” movie were floating about? Well, grab your dancing shoes and get ready to do the Bon Temps Boogaloo because it looks like we might be getting a musical instead!

Per the AP, at the “True Blood” season premiere this past Tuesday night in Hollywood, composer Nathan Barr, who has written the instrumental scores for the series’ entire seven seasons, said that True Blood: The Musical is indeed in the works.

“This was something that I pitched to HBO and [series creator] Alan Ball,” said Barr, adding that the musical will revolve around protagonist, telepath, and waitress Sookie Stackhouse, portrayed in the HBO series by Anna Paquin. But, Barr added, after seven seasons of twists, turns, and characters for Sookie, it’s proven a challenge to trim the saga down.

“I think we’re really going to try to return to the roots of the show,” Barr said, adding, “There’s no guarantees, but I think the direction we’re heading in is really exciting.”

“True Blood” co-star Stephen Moyer, who showed off his vocal chops last year on NBC’s highly rated live telecast of “The Sound of Music,” revealed he helped Barr put together some samples of the “True Blood” musical presented to HBO and Ball.

Barr said he hopes to present a workshop version about a year from now, but he’s not looking beyond that. To say this is “Broadway bound” is premature.

We’ll keep you posted! In the meantime be sure to tune in when “True Blood” Season 7 debuts on HBO this coming Sunday, June 22nd.

Related Story: Visit our “True Blood” archive.

Season 7 cast members – both old and new – include:

Anna Paquin as Sookie, Stephen Moyer as Bill, Alexander Skarsgard as Eric, Sam Trammell as Sam, Ryan Kwanten as Jason, Rutina Wesley as Tara, Chris Bauer as Andy, Kristin Bauer van Straten as Pam, Amelia Rose Blaire as Willa, Lauren Bowles as Holly, Tara Buck as Ginger, Gregg Daniel as Rev. Daniels, Nelsan Ellis as Lafayette, Aaron Christian Howles as Rocky, Joe Manganiello as Alcide, Noah Matthews as Wade, Bailey Noble as Adilyn, Nathan Parsons as James, Adina Porter as Lettie Mae, Carrie Preston as Arlene, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Nicole, Deborah Ann Woll as Jessica, and Karolina Wydra as Violet.

Episode 7.01 – “Jesus Gonna Be Here” (air date 6/22/14)
A band of rogue H-vamps crashes the vampire-human mixer at Bellefleur’s with shocking results. As Sookie (Anna Paquin) seeks refuge from accusations that she’s somehow to blame for the chaos in Bon Temps, the “one vampire for every human” plan moves forward. In the face of a vigilante insurrection led by redneck Vince (Brett Rickaby), Bill (Stephen Moyer) receives aid from an unexpected source. Written by Angela Robinson; directed by Stephen Moyer.

For more info check out “True Blood” on HBO.com, “like” “True Blood” on Facebook, and jump in on the Twitter conversations here using the hashtag #TrueBloodForever.

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