Yes, that Steve Bannon at some point co-wrote a hip-hop musical with writer Julia Jones, and some very hardworking folks at NowThis have obtained the legendary manuscript and naturally organized a table read. The play, titled The Thing I Am, is an adaptation of Willy Shakespeare’s Coriolanus, but set during the 1992 L.A. riots to keep things from being normal. It’s not a first for someone associated with the White House to have a background in the entertainment industry, but the authors, the setting, and the dialogue in The Thing I Am is what makes it especially odd. It’s a shame this play was never made, for it could’ve been an excellent addition to the Golden Age of hip-hop. I’m lying, it’s very weird and the table read is slightly uncomfortable despite the talented actors who lent their voices. They all manage to take it seriously. See for yourself (minus the musical numbers, of course).
Again, the dialogue here is incredible. I guess “bone out” was a popular term back then. As Gary Anthony Williams delicately explained in a behind-the-scenes snippet, “Some of it came off as if he [Bannon] had never met a black person.” With the massively critical success of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton, I believe that a new hip-hop musical would attract a huge audience regardless of its quality. However, if The Thing I Am somehow actually gets produced, I think it would mostly be made in jest due to everything about it. It’s just so weird you can’t look away. Imagine if we learned a public figure such as Dr. Seuss once had an idea for a pornographic film, but it never got made to preserve his iconic status as an author of children’s books. You can bet a load of people in Hollywood would be so down for making that solely because of its obscurity level. The only difference is we like Dr. Seuss and he’s not as scary as Steve Bannon. Speaking of, Seuss has already proven he can rhyme, so I wouldn’t be surprised if his hip-hop musical would be better than Bannon’s. I don’t really see the point in making this play into a whole production. Yeah it might be funny on some level, but it would endorse Steve Bannon’s brain, and as he is currently a pretty influential component of Trump’s administration, that troubles me. Based on the table read, would you be interested in seeing this musical and would you care if it somehow gets made?