I have to be honest and say -- while admittedly a bit out of the pop culture loop at times -- I lost track of R. Kelly's "Trapped in the Closet" about six years ago. Apparently, what "Rolling Stone" calls the singer's "epic opus" has not fizzled out alongside my interest. On the contrary, it's going big places, perhaps even the biggest of places. Yes, "Trapped in the Closet" is going to Broadway. At a recent screening of the latest installment of his "hip-hopera" at New York City's Landmark Sunshine Cinemas, Kelly said "Trapped in the Closet" began as a "silly" idea without much possibility for traction. During the Q&A session, he reportedly smoked a lit cigar. Now, as "Rolling Stone" notes, Kelly says: "'Trapped in the Closet' is pretty much forever." According to Kelly, there are currently 85 chapters to the "silly idea" saga in total. "I don't have a job, so I sit in the studio all the time and think of stupid stuff to do," said Kelly, providing hope to unemployed cultural phenoms everywhere. Reserving overall judgment, I must concede some of the plot lines sound, frankly, inspirational, as does Kelly's assessment of the endeavor. "It's not hard somehow," said Kelly. "When you commit to something and have fun with it, it appreciates you, the gift, and it starts to help you out." As Steven J. Horowitz of "Rolling Stone" put it: "[R. Kelly]'s laughing all the way to Broadway." -Alissa Fleck
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