Failed Broadway career may have driven Times Square car bomb suspect
New York, NY — As federal investigation into the attempted bombing in New York’s Times Square continues, new details have emerged pointing to another possible motivation that led to suspect Faisal Shahzad’s criminal actions: revenge for a failed Broadway career.
Anonymous sources say the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has obtained strong evidence indicating the Pakistani born U.S. citizen had tried to forge a career on the Broadway stage as early as 2004, when he tried out for the role of Jacob in the revival of La Cage aux Folles. With no real stage experience under his belt, Shahzad failed to get the part, which eventually went to Michael Benjamin Washington.
The initial setback did not stop Shahzad from pursuing his Broadway dream. He subsequently auditioned for parts in countless other shows including Rent, Avenue Q, Wicked, Spring Awakening, and most recently, The Lion King. All of his Broadway attempts met with disappointing results, and that may have pushed the one-time accountant to go over the edge, according to the top secret FBI files.
“There is a strong possibility this is simply the vengeful act of a man who wanted to sing and dance on Broadway but didn’t get to.”
“The last straw may have been his outright rejection by the casting team for ‘The Lion King,'” said an FBI insider. “This fully explains why he parked the explosives-filled vehicle adjacent to the Minskoff Theatre which was showing that musical.”
Since his arrest Monday, Shahzad has taken full responsibility for the failed terrorist attack, claiming he had received training in bomb-making in the Waziristan region of Pakistan. Pakistani foreign affairs minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said there is ample reason to believe the Taliban may have been involved. Federal investigators are still mum on the issue.
“It’s far too easy to slap the Taliban or Al-Qaeda label on Shahzad,” said the FBI insider. “But there is a strong possibility this is simply the vengeful act of a man who wanted to sing and dance on Broadway but didn’t get to. The investigation is considering this as a valid angle.”
A complaint filed in federal court on Tuesday charges Shahzad with five counts of terrorism-related crimes, including attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. If convicted on these charges, he faces up to life in prison.