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Tucker Max Headed for B’way? Christopher Carter Sanderson Says Yes

The Clyde Fitch Report has learned exclusively that Christopher Carter Sanderson, founding artistic and producing director of the Gorilla Repertory Theater Company, has obtained the rights to bring the work of blogger and all around Web bon vivant Tucker Max — specifically, his book I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell — to Broadway.

In fact, according to Sanderson, the project will be billed as I Hope They Serve Beer… On Broadway!

The project is currently being capitalized; Sanderson says the firm handling legal matters for the project is Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt LLC (885 Third Ave., 20th Fl). (If you are a potential investor, all inquiries go to that address.) Sanderson was unable to provide comment on the financials of the deal, but can provide information on the artistic aspects of the project via [email protected].

Max, meanwhile, provided the Clyde Fitch Report with three separate quotes about the project. Taken together, they illustrate the many ribald sides of the writer, whose website homepage features the following text:

My name is Tucker Max, and I am an asshole.

I get excessively drunk at inappropriate times, disregard social norms, indulge every whim, ignore the consequences of my actions, mock idiots and posers, sleep with more women than is safe or reasonable, and just generally act like a raging dickhead.

Which, quite frankly, makes Max the perfect subject for a Broadway venture. (His website also revels in the fact that Sirhan Sirhan, who assassinated Robert Kennedy in 1968, was the “original one name celebrity.” Adrian, the legend of Hollywood costume design, might have something to say about that, but then again, so would Charlemagne.)

Anyway, Max told the CFR:

When Kit [Sanderson's nickname] first approached me with this idea, I was somewhat skeptical, especially considering how little I know about theater and the theatrical community. But after a few emails, calls and a meeting, he sold me on it; both why it makes sense and how it can work. I am excited about it.

Max also said:

I think this could be really cool. I mean what is better than beer, stripper poles and hot naked chicks? Now, mix them all up, make it funny, and put it on stage? Sign me up.

And further said:

At first, I thought Kit was just another creepy theater fag using some bullshit “I want to adapt your book” angle to try to fuck me. Then I realized he’s not only serious about this, he had really great ideas about how to adapt it, and — he’s straight! I didn’t even know you were allowed to be straight and be in theater. I’m excited, I think he could really do something cool.

Continue to check with the Clyde Fitch Report for further announcements regarding the project. And, yes, you can visit the website for the book, http://ihopetheyservebeerinhell.com, too.


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  1. Zev ValancyZev Valancy01-05-2010

    Thanks for starting my morning with a wave of nausea, Leonard. One can only pray that this will be on the list of announced projects that never get anywhere–and that Jordan Roth, Philip Smith, and the Nederlander brothers have good enough taste, and saw the grosses of the film version of the same story.

    And Tucker–us “creepy theatre fags” don’t want you. Go away please.

  2. JeffJeff01-05-2010

    Seriously, “just another” theatre fag trying to get into his pants? Has this happened before? Hey, creepy-theatre-fags-trying-to-fuck-that-idiot, get some self-respect.

  3. JessicaJessica01-05-2010

    Tucker doesn’t want any bad touch. Good idea. Tucker, you ARE bad touch. Do not want. Go away please thank you buh bye.

  4. Monica ReidaMonica Reida01-06-2010

    Yes, lets charge $100 to see women demeaned. This has really made me angry.

    I only hope that no producers are stupid enough to fund this.

  5. JoshJosh01-06-2010

    No, no, no, no.

    If this happens then theater is officially dead and it’s time for us all to quit this bitch.

  6. If it happens, it had better fucking be a musical.

  7. WilhelmWilhelm01-08-2010

    This could really work. It definitely needs to be a musical and they HAVE to serve beer to all audience members. As for demeaning women, the fashion industry has done that for years and you hypocrites all applaud it. This is satire people. Enjoy.

  8. Monica, I already have backers and I sincerely hope you’ve read the book you’re trashing here. If so, fair enough. Seth, Wilhelm, actually no, it is not a musical. But, you’re close – there will be something wonderful about the form we’re using. Wilhelm, you’re onto something when you say it is satire. The problem right now is that New York law is clear: if there’s full nudity, then alcohol can;t be served on premises. I’m leaning toward body-colored thongs and serving beer, too. They served wine at Socrates’ Symposium, after all. Oh, and Zev, you need stop reading the Internet in the morning before you put your sense of humor on. Here, try this: ever heard of a controversial, experimental Broadway show that paid for decades of free Shakespeare? We’re not inventing the wheel on that one, guys. Judge it once you see it. I didn’t go to the Yale School of Drama to learn how to make shows people will hate.

  9. Monica ReidaMonica Reida01-10-2010

    Mr. Sanderson, I have read the book that I am trashing. I have the good taste and sense to read things before I praise or tear them down. Best of luck in your endevors

    Wilhelm, I don’t applaud the fashion industry for what they do. Some people might, but I don’t. And unless Tucker Max is trying to expose the seedy, revolting world of womanizing and partying, it’s not satire. Judging from the interviews he’s given, I don’t think that’s his goal.

  10. BillBill01-11-2010

    This is the worst idea ever, and this Sanderson guy is a complete douche.

    There’s a 100% chance this will not return money for investors.

  11. Ms. Reida, then I look forward to hearing your opinion of the Broadway production after your have seen it, and anticipate that you will not be trashing it before you do.

  12. Bill, you know virtually nothing about the idea, and are calling me foul names online under an assumed name yourself, so I think that reflects very poorly on your manners and character. Also, it is an act of cowardice. My investors think differenty than the opinion you’ve expressed here. Thank God they know a little theater history and are, in fact, thinking.

  13. PS Guys, thanks for the feedback. Here’s a little tidbit for you: the exclaimation mark, though a part of the working title, is an “in joke” and will be removed from the working title for production. Sorry, Wilhelm. At least you heard it here first on The Clyde Fitch Report.

  14. cccc02-10-2010

    Can’t wait to hear the behind-the-scenes stories about working with Tucker Max – they were so entertaining during the filming. Let’s see how complimentary asshat Sanderson is after working with Max.

  15. I’ve liked working with Tucker pretty well so far. Not as well as I’ll enjoy grinding your scrotum into the pavement if you ever have the balls to call me “asshat” to my face, cc.

  16. So far, Tucker Max has been an open and engaged collaborating artist, and indeed a gentleman in every way. We’re further down the line with the money, and another few dozen steps further toward opening on Broadway. Laura Heller is in final negotiations to be the General Manager, we’re ironing out the contract details with her I think I can say, and the creative team is forming up nicely.

  17. AllenAllen04-17-2011

    You have got to be kidding me. Who in the blue hell would want to make a theater show about Tucker Max? This is the guy that is taking over KRT? Nice comments there bud, parents are going to be lining up to introduce their kids to the likes of you.

  18. AllenAllen04-17-2011

    …ass hat…