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R. Kelly 'Trapped In The Closet' Hip Hopera Gets Sing-Along Treatment

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A scene from the R. Kelly epic,
A scene from the R. Kelly epic, "Trapped In The Closet" (Credit: Music Box Theatre)

R. Kelly's rap opera "Trapped In The Closet" will soon join the ranks of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," "Grease" and "The Sound Of Music" when it gets the cinematic sing-along treatment this November.

Chicago's Music Box Theatre announced screenings of the 22-chapter "hip hopera," promising to give the nearly two-hour masterpiece "the full Rocky Horror experience."

Action Pack, the group behind audience participation events like the Alamo Drafthouse's "Grease" sing-along, will handle the interactive parts of "Trapped," which are expected to include on-screen subtitles and plot-related props for the audience to wield.

Music Box General Manager Dave Jennings told RedEye Chicago Kells won't be at the screening like he was in 2008. Four years ago, the star/director/producer/writer himself made an appearance when the theater premiered the most recent nine chapters of the film.

In October, the Independent Film Channel released a clip of the film's 23rd chapter following Kelly's announcement he had filmed 20 more chapters of "Trapped."

Kelly's 22-part song series was originally released between the years of 2005 and 2007; the next 20 chapters will come out the day after Thanksgiving.

The Music Box Theatre will hold two midnight screenings of the "Trapped In The Closet Singalong" Nov. 16 and Nov. 17.

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