Jonathan Groff’s new Netflix series Mindhunter has been making a lot of noise. The series comes from House of Cards creator David Fincher, who serves as director and showrunner of the new series about the birth of criminal profiling in the late ’70s.
“My character Holden is inspired by John Douglas, who had this idea in the late ’70s to go into these jail cells and interview these incarcerated criminals to see if they could glean information about their motivations and their thoughts and their feelings before, during, and after their murders to try and prevent it from happening,” Groff told host Stephen Colbert on The Late Show.
After much talk about Groff’s comedic turn in Hamilton as compared to his new TV work with Mindhunter, Colbert asked if Groff ever considered melding his dramatic acting and musical theatre. (Theatre fans will note Groff was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance as Melchior Gabor in the original production of Spring Awakening.) Still, Groff replied, “[David Fincher] actually talked a lot about his desire to break into theatre and musical theatre, and we've actually been collaborating over the last couple of weeks to turn Mindhunter into a musical for Broadway.
“It’s early workshop stages, but John [Batiste] has been there with us; he’s helping us develop the music,” Groff continued, as he set up the bit for him, Batiste, and Colbert to sing from the fictional Mindhunter The Musical!
Watch the video above for the full rendition, but the song begins:
They call me the Mindhunter
The murderer confronter
I hunt the minds of men who won’t atone
But way down deep within me
Though killers want to skin me
The mind I'm really hunting is my own