"Big Fish" composer Andrew Lippa came up with the idea to turn Netflix's hit docu-series, "Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness", into a musical and began tweeting about the proposed project in late March.
"I'm making the musical of 'Tiger King'," he posted, after binge-watching the popular show. "Don't try to stop me. Don't tell me you have the rights. You don't. I will crush it."
Lippa had been joking at the time, but the viral tweet caught the attention of Kurt Deutsch of Ghostlight Records, who is now helping him bring the idea to fruition.
However, instead of a traditional show, the musician tells the New York Post he's brought together around 42 different artists to write and create original tunes all inspired by true crime tale "Tiger King", which focuses on incarcerated Oklahoma zoo boss Joe Exotic and his bitter rival Baskin, who runs a big cat rescue facility in the state.
The first song is "Little Pieces", featuring Chenoweth as animal rights activist Baskin, who sings about chopping up her husband, multi-millionaire Jack 'Don' Lewis, and feeding him to her big cats - referencing one theory regarding his disappearance in August, 1997. He was declared legally dead in 2002, although no one has ever been charged with his murder.
Lippa reveals Chenoweth jumped at the parody opportunity and she's since recorded the song in isolation during the ongoing coronavirus lockdown, and has even filmed an accompanying music video on her iPhone.
Alerting fans to the track's release (https://soundcloud.com/tigerkingmusicalparody) on Friday, April 10, she tweeted, "Tiger cubs, the song is here! Find it on SoundCloud. Video coming next week! #LittlePieces @lippaofficial".
Follow-up tunes are due to be released randomly over the coming weeks, with Lippa hoping to drop two promos next week (begins April 13).
And he may even have the chance to turn it into a TV feature.
He shared with the Post: "I've already had a producer friend from Hollywood call me and say, 'Hey, I think Netflix would want to partner with you on this!' "
Netflix officials have yet to comment.
Chenoweth isn't the only star obsessed with "Tiger King" and Baskin - "Saturday Night Live" comedienne Kate McKinnon is already attached to play the activist in an upcoming TV series based on the podcast which originally chronicled Exotic's role in a murder-for-hire plot.