From November 23rd to December 12th, a musical called Licensed to Ill will be put on at the Camden People’s Theatre in London. The performers tell Pitchfork, “Whilst we have ensured the Beastie Boys are fully appraised of our plans for the show, this is an unauthorized production based on the Beastie Boys story.”
Here’s the official description of the show: “Created with creative support from comedy hip-hop legends Abandonman and the Rubberbandits, and using a mix of live music and DJ-ing, Licensed to Ill travels through time from the hip-hoppers of ’80s New York to the ’90s gangsters of LA – all the way to the total globalization of hip-hop. This loud, crazy show does to music theatre what hip-hop did to tracksuits: make them cool.
The Beastie Boys’ story sheds light on many issues still raising hackles: racism towards and within rap; misogyny; the battle for hip-hop’s soul, between those using it for protest, and for profit. We follow the gang from teenage punks, via their discovery by legendary producer Rick Rubin, to their induction into the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame.”