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|Mama Mia! Pop Goes the West End
- Queen and Pet Shop Boys to feature songs in new musicals
POP BANDS, it seems, are tuning in to a new source of musical activity - the London stage.
Rock supergroup Queen and 80s synth pop band The Pet Shop Boys are to have songs featured in forthcoming West End musicals.
Queen are to team up with comedian Ben Elton for an as yet untitled musical, which is slated to hit the stage at the end of this year. "We've been working on this damn musical for about four years," said guitarist Brian May. "There'll be a lot of Queen songs with some new ideas in there."
However, the musical will not feature the remaining Queen members May, John Deacon and Roger Taylor. "Young people will be in it," said May. Queen, who disbanded in 1995 following the death of their singer, Freddie Mercury, from Aids four years earlier, are rumoured to be touring the States with Robbie Williams next year.
Meanwhile, the Pet Shop Boys have also set their sights on the stage. The band, best known for the 80s hits, West End Girls and It's A Sin, are to collaborate with lesser-known writer Jonathon Harvey on his new musical, Closer To Heaven.