Magazine article Screen International

R. Kelly's Hip-Hopera Comes out of the Closet

Magazine article Screen International

R. Kelly's Hip-Hopera Comes out of the Closet

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Trapped in the Closet [pictured] to get a sing-along tour in the US.

After its release in 2005, the first chapter of R. Kelly's Trapped in the Closet became an overnight sensation that remains an iconic - as R. Kelly so cleverly dubbed it - hip-hopera.

Complete with outrageous accusations, infidelities and dramatics only rivalled by American soap operas, the 23-chapter saga still inspires knowing smiles and sing-alongs among those who witnessed the birth of the now-cult classic.

These throwback moments usually occur (as I can attest) with the help of YouTube, which boasts every chapter of the series.

Users still debate the credibility of R. Kelly's storylines, marvel at its catchiness and, of course, ponder why they're on chapter 13 when they only meant to watch chapter one. But now, there will be an even more gratifying way to experience the epic tale.

The Action Pack, IFC, Fuzzy Bunny Films and RCA Records are bringing Trapped in the Closet to select US cinemas in November for what has been described as a "festive sing-along atmosphere". Starting with a dance party warm up with some of R. Kelly's best non-Trapped music videos, the event will be a 2k DCP presentation of the first 22 chapters of Trapped in the Closet with custom subtitles. …

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