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Monday, July 26, 2010

Signs of the impending Dark Ages

Elton John is working on a musical stage version of George Orwell's Animal Farm:
Sir Elton John is reportedly working on a stage adaptation of Animal Farm, teaming up with the writer of Billy Elliot, for a musical version of George Orwell's classic novel.

"I'm deep into it, writing songs for pigs and other four-legged friends," Lee Hall told the Daily Mail. "I know that Elton likes to have the lyrics done and have them in front of him so [I] work on a batch before I give him anything to look at."


Animal Farm, ostensibly the tale of farm animals' revolt against their human masters, is an allegorical account of the Soviet Union's passage into Stalinism. Although an earlier stage musical was adapted by Peter Hall, it lacks Elton John's piano-man panache. After all, what will the man who brought us Hakuna Matata do with communism?

(HT: Towleroad)

1 comment:

FredR said...

We'll see if he's more successful than Rick Wakeman's short-lived attempt to put Orwells' 1984 on the stage (back in 1981). That attempt spawned one album - musically interesting, even if the story got mangled.