A new stage musical is being written that will include classic tracks from the 1980s.
The musical is part of a deal between record label BMG and Lively McCabe Entertainment. As part of the deal the company is developing three new musicals that will use music from the BMG catalog. The projects, set to premiere in 2020, are a country musical, a 1980s New Wave project, and a story about Mrs. Claus featuring contemporary pop hits.
The first of the projects, titled May We All, will tell the story of disappearing small-town America as seen through the hopeful eyes of its youth. It will feature music by Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Faith Hill, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, and featuring the title song by Florida Georgia Line and Tim McGraw.
The untitled New Wave Project will tell the story of two young New York City DJs who set off a music revolution in the 1980s. The show will draw from the catalogues of Tears For Fears, Billy Idol, Simple Minds, Devo, Culture Club, and many more.
What A Wonderful World is set in mid-20th-century New York, and is a musical comedy about the story of Mrs. Claus, the star behind modern-day Santa Claus. The musical will feature a score of contemporary pop hits arranged in an old-school “Nouveau Vintage” (whatever that is).
All three are currently being developed in the US, so we don’t know how likely they are to appear in the West End. But with the amount of shows that transfer between London and Broadway, you never know.