Britney Spears’ music has been used in a lot of ways, but never in this way. A new musical will use her words to portray the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
They say there is no such thing as bad press — and a new musical is likely to get plenty of it. The play will be portraying the “life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ” using only music from Britney Spears, according to Spin. The title of the musical, Spears: The Gospel According to Britney, is just about as outrageous as the plot.
“Not one word is spoken, and not one lyric is changed, technically making the musical an opera,” creator Patrick Blute said.
While it’s somewhat scary to think about which songs will be used — and for what parts of the story (think: “Oops… I Did It Again”) — the songs confirmed so far include “Stronger,” “…Baby One More Time” and “(You Drive Me) Crazy.”
The 23-year-old Blute is completely serious about blending Britney music with the story of Jesus Christ.
“These are Britney’s lyrics. These are Jesus Christ’s images,” he explained. “The Britney Spears you see is not Britney Spears. Remember that. The Jesus Christ you read is not Jesus Christ. These are manifestations. Accounts through the media, through the words of followers, of friends, of foes, of villains, of heroes, of liars, of biases. It’s a falsehood that people believe fame and fortune create happiness. That all ‘deaths’ receive a resurrection. I hope this project will show you otherwise through the power of listening and the power of forgiveness.”
Blute added that Spears: The Gospel According to Britney will “tug at the heartstrings of America’s lost twenty-somethings,” and he explained to Spin that it would be the “greatest story ever told to the greatest music ever written.”
This isn’t the first time this week that Britney Spears’ music has been used to cause controversy. It is reportedly being used to fight off Somali pirates as well. The new musical is likely to cause quite the commotion, too — but maybe that was the point all along.
Spears’ new album Britney Jean is due out Dec. 3.