by Nancy Wick
At first glance, the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche may not seem like a good subject for a musical. After all, the man who famously said, “God is dead” is sometimes thought of as a nihilist — not exactly a promising outlook for an evening’s entertainment.
“Actually, Nietzsche was anything but nihilistic,” said Jeremy Richards. “He wrestled with nihilism, but he ultimately taught that we should say ‘yes’ to life.” And Richards looked beyond all that’s been said about Nietzsche’s philosophy to Nietzsche’s life, which he calls dramatic and tragic, adding, “Nietzsche was obsessed with music and poetry. I thought he’d make an ideal candidate for a musical.”