Daryl Morey is not the next Lin-Manuel Miranda, but he’s not throwing away his shot.
Morey is a musical theater aficionado, something that transports him away from the realm of analytics and matchups, but he’s doing more than just buying season seats at Sarofim Hall, he’s getting involved in helping create a new musical. About basketball. And undersized stars.
He has collaborated with playwright Mickle Maher on a treatment for a musical he titled “Small Ball.”
The premise: The people of Lilliput, a fictional island nation that appears in the 1726 novel “Gulliver’s Travels,” want to join an international basketball league. But to be competitive enough for that, they import “Michael Jordan,” a man who turns out not to be the NBA Hall-of-Famer but happens to have the same name. This merger of his life passions is not a pipe dream. Morey said the show will debut in Houston within 18 months.
“It’s definitely happening,” he said.
Before you mock the concept of the musical, let’s run through the premises of today’s biggest musicals: A hip-hop retelling of the life of Alexander Hamilton; Mormon missionaries in Africa, as seen through the eyes of the creators of South Park; an Elizabethan playwright trying to write the world’s first musical; a drag queen cabaret performer who comes up with a line of high-heeled boots that saves a small shoe business; I could go on, but you get the idea. Lilliputians playing hoops isn’t so crazy.
Now, if one of those Lilliputians has a fantastic beard and is their best player, I can think of someone who may want a cut of the royalties.