Alan Ball Shares Details About the Upcoming “True Blood” Musical

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True Blood fans, get ready: Creator Alan Ball has revealed some details about a rumored musical adaptation of the super queer Southern vampire drama.

At a 10th anniversary screening of the True Blood pilot at Vulture Festival in L.A., Ball said he’s heard the in-the-works musical—helmed by composer Nathan Barr and also based off of The Southern Vampire Mysteries books by Charlaine Harris—is “pretty good.”

“It tells the story of vampires coming out of the closet,” he said, according to Deadline. “Ultimately it really departs from the book, because people aren’t ready, and they’re too bigoted and they end up going back in to the closet.”

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Above: Nelsan Ellis, who received critical acclaim for his portrayal of fan-fave flamboyant chef Lafayette Reynolds.

Ball didn’t offer any word on his involvement in the stage adaptation. However, another iteration of the popular series, which ran for six seasons on HBO from 2008–2014, is welcome news for LGBTQ fans.

Its supernatural storylines didn’t omit queernesss: Fans came to know and love around a dozen LGBTQ protagonists, including bisexual vamp queen Sophie-Anne Leclerq (played by bisexual icon Evan Rachel Wood herself) and flamboyant chef-slash-drug dealer Lafayette Reynolds (portrayed by Nelsan Ellis, who died at the age of 39 of complications from alcohol withdrawal in 2017.)
 

The musical is reportedly still being workshopped, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t look back on some of our fave moments from the show—including this clap-back from Lafayette to a homophobic patron at Merlotte’s, which could very well be the best takedown of all time. You’re welcome.

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