Pet Shop Boys and Jonathan Harvey create new cabaret musical for Edinburgh Fringe
Pet Shop Boys have created a new cabaret musical that will premiere at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, starring Frances Barber.
Written with playwright Jonathan Harvey, Musik will include four new songs by Pet Shop Boys’ Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, as well as six other songs by the band.
It is the second theatre collaboration between Harvey and Pet Shop Boys, and follows 2001’s Closer to Heaven.
Barber, who starred in that production, will reprise its central character, Billie Trix, in Musik, a 50-minute, one-woman show.
In a joint statement, Tennant and Lowe said: “When we wrote Closer to Heaven almost 20 years ago, we loved the compelling outrageousness of the character Billie Trix as written by Jonathan and performed by Frances Barber.
“We have all discussed for many years the idea of creating her own one-woman show which would give us the chance to write more songs for her as she looks back at her incredible career.”
Harvey added: “In Musik, Billie, [a] dried-up, drug-addled icon and rock star, tells us about her life and sings her biggest hits. I can’t wait to see Frances Barber inhabit her again.”
Musik will run from August 5 to 24 at Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh, and is produced by Cahoots Theatre Company.
Pet Shop Boys and Harvey’s first musical, Closer to Heaven, was last revived in 2015 at the Union Theatre in London.
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