Damon Albarn has revealed that he has started work on a West End musical. The Blur frontman told the Daily Star that his new project wasn’t originally intended to be a musical. ‘It’s funny for me to say, ‘I’m writing a musical,’ but yes, that’s what I’m doing next. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, because musicals are great when they’re done well. It started out with the same subject matter but was going to be a leftfield, experimental opera. But it’s lurched into a mainstream musical for families.’
The budding Andrew Lloyd Webber has since announced that the new musical, expected to be completed by summer 2015, is based on a well-known children’s book. He told the NME that the musical has ‘to be finished for summer next year. It’s based on a very beloved kids’ book, but with a very modern take on it.’
He previously expanded his repertoire to include two operas, 2011’s ‘Dr. Dee: An English Opera’ and ‘Monkey: Journey To The West, ‘ which featured in last week’s Lincoln Center Festival in New York. A major West End musical would be a natural progression to his body of work. The mystery remains as to which book he’s adapting for the stage.
Albarn has had a full schedule since the release of his first solo album, Everyday Robots, earlier this year. The singer headlined several international festivals, including a stop at the Latitude Festival where he was joined onstage by Graham Coxon for an encore of the Blur hit, ‘Tender.’