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Why did David Bowie scupper the idea of an O2 musical?

1 December 2011 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Glam, new-wave sci-fi, neurotic lushness – the problem with making a preposterous 'jukebox musical' about Bowie is that he's done it all already

The most intriguing pop story of the week started as a musical and shows every sign of becoming pantomime. As reported last weekend, David Bowie had apparently licensed his songs to be used in a "jukebox musical" at the O2 next year, along the lines of We Will Rock You, the Ben Elton-written showcase for Queen's music. Bowie, however, quickly scotched the idea: neither he nor his label were involved in any licensing for a "long-running" musical.

Heroes: The Musical had the ring of authenticity to it – not because of the apparent involvement of credible choreographers and charities, but because the plot and concept seemed realistically dreadful. It had all the hallmarks of the jukebox musical. It promised shoehorned-in characters – a Major Tom, naturally, but also a »

- Tom Ewing

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Why did David Bowie scupper the idea of an O2 musical?

1 December 2011 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Glam, new-wave sci-fi, neurotic lushness – the problem with making a preposterous 'jukebox musical' about Bowie is that he's done it all already

The most intriguing pop story of the week started as a musical and shows every sign of becoming pantomime. As reported last weekend, David Bowie had apparently licensed his songs to be used in a "jukebox musical" at the O2 next year, along the lines of We Will Rock You, the Ben Elton-written showcase for Queen's music. Bowie, however, quickly scotched the idea: neither he nor his label were involved in any licensing for a "long-running" musical.

Heroes: The Musical had the ring of authenticity to it – not because of the apparent involvement of credible choreographers and charities, but because the plot and concept seemed realistically dreadful. It had all the hallmarks of the jukebox musical. It promised shoehorned-in characters – a Major Tom, naturally, but also a »

- Tom Ewing

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2 items from 2011


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