The drama between the Wu-Tang Clan and Martin Shkreli over one-of-a-kind album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin has been turned into a musical called Martin Shkreli’s Game. The musical, which has a spot in New York’s Midtown International Festival, pulls from a rumor surrounding the news story that involves actor Bill Murray.
Written by Lauren Gundrum and Joel Esher, the “musical caper comedy” as it is referred to on the show’s IndieGoGo page, is inspired by a rumor of the sole copy of Wu-Tang’s rare album to Martin Shkreli, a corrupt pharmaceutical entrepreneur. Shkreli’s purchase of the album brought him back in the news and inspired a well-circulated Twitter joke by Rob Wesley that there was a clause in the sale contract that the rappers could execute a “heist or caper” to steal back their album with help from Bill Murray.
The performances are scheduled to begin on July 19th and the creators have already staged production with casting for it underway. Their fundraising page, however, exists to “minimize out-of-pocket expenses” and pay the cast and crew as well fund show expenses and promotion.
In December, Shkreli was arrested and charged with securities fraud, conspiracy to commit securities fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud in seven different counts. Earlier this week he pleaded not guilty in a Brooklyn court following an additional criminal charge of conspiracy to commit securities fraud.