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#61 Post by Bulldog » Thu 25 Jul 2019, 9:07 pm

Weird tune. Sounds like a disco remix of Inner Sanctum!

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#62 Post by psbfannyc » Fri 26 Jul 2019, 12:07 pm

https://petshopboys.co.uk/news/2019-07- ... -in-london

We are pleased to announce that ‘Musik’, the new cabaret show by Jonathan Harvey and Pet Shop Boys, will transfer to London for five performances after its run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The 60-minute, one-woman show in which award-winning actress Frances Barber reprises her 'Closer to Heaven' role as Billie Trix, will run at the Leicester Square Theatre from Tuesday, September 3rd to Saturday, September 7th. Tickets go on sale at 10 am on Monday, July 29th, from the link below or from the box office (0207 7342222).

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#63 Post by agent doris » Fri 26 Jul 2019, 12:38 pm

Why not do it the week after so petheads in London going to the Hyde Park could’ve seen it?? GGRRRRRRR

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#64 Post by leesmapman » Fri 26 Jul 2019, 12:40 pm

https://wsoe.org/pet-shop-boys-and-fran ... l-of-coke/

Pet Shop Boys and Frances Barber on their new cabaret show Musik: ‘It’s a mic and me and a table full of coke’

“Louie Spence was the dance captain. And the boys would tumble all over the place, going into the audience in their thongs to shove their arses in the audience’s face.”

So award-winning actress Frances Barber vividly recalls the glittery, high-energy production of Closer to Heaven, the Pet Shop Boys-soundtracked musical from 2001. Back then, the show – about a young dancer from Ireland who moves to London and is drawn into the world of Soho nightlife – was poorly received. “Those white, straight middle-class critics got absolutely terrified,” she says. Now it’s time for a deserved reappraisal, with the premiere of Musik, a one-woman cabaret due to run at the Edinburgh Fringe in August.

Musik is a sequel, of sorts, to Closer To Heaven, written by the same playwright, Jonathan Harvey. It sees the return of Billie Trix, the show’s narrator, played by Barber all those years ago. Trix is, she says, “an old rock chick, a rock icon, a bit Marianne Faithfull, a bit Nico, a bit Anita Pallenberg, all those kind of people put together.”

The Pet Shop Boys have written four new songs for the show. “Billie looks back at her life and times and performs songs from each era,” singer Neil Tennant explains, “so we’ve written songs that help to tell her story and also that [we imagined] she recorded at the time – for instance “Ich bin Musik”, her ‘disco smash’ from 1978 recorded in Munich. It’s fun to write in different styles.”

Barber is relishing the part. “Billie is so mad and crazy and everything is invented – you don’t know if it’s the truth or not, cos she’s off her head all the time. She’s on so many drugs, she can’t remember if it’s real or a dream. She believes that Donald Trump was her first lover, and she could have been the First Lady and Vladimir Putin was her brother, because she’s just tripping the whole time.”

The original show was a rare critical blip for Tennant and his synthpop partner, Chris Lowe. Their 38-year career has seen them praised for taking pop into places that others can’t reach, including new soundtracks for previously silent films (2004’s Battleship Potemkin, which premiered in Trafalgar Square), ballet (2010’s The Most Incredible Thing) and classical (the stunning tribute to Alan Turing A Man from the Future at the 2014 BBC Proms).

They remain “proud” of the show, however. “We can see it has flaws, but so much of it is really good and the audience always has a great time,” Tennant says. “It may have been ahead of its time in that we tried to put contemporary pop into musical theatre – even now, pop in musical theatre is normally presented in ‘catalogue’ shows of greatest hits. We’ve so far resisted doing that.

“The area where it genuinely was ahead of its time was in the presentation of a gay affair, and also in its brutal depiction of the use of drugs in the club culture of the time. It’s very ‘in your face’.”

That, Barber thinks, is what critics turned their noses up at. “They had never been to a club, they’d never taken drugs. They were literally terrified. And the more terrified they were, of course, the worse Louie and all the dancers became, because they just got into it,” she remembers, roaring with laughter.

Harvey remembers the “mixed” reaction, too. “I don’t know if it was treated harshly, but you have to think contextually – it was 18 years ago and one of the main plot points in the story was two lads having a line of coke and then having sex in a public toilet – it wasn’t exactly The King & I!

“I think with the make-up of critics back then, it wasn’t their cup of tea. It got such scathing reviews – ‘Closer to Closure’ was one of the headlines – but I think it was just a bit ahead of its time. It’s not exactly standard fare, is it?”

A listen back to the soundtrack reveals Tennant and Lowe to have been on great form, with some gems of the Pet Shop Boys’ back catalogue appearing on the score, including the title track, the club banger “Call Me Old-Fashioned” and the stunning “In Denial” (which also appeared on their 1999 album Nightlife as a duet with an unsigned Kylie Minogue, before her “Spinning Around” comeback the following year).

This new show, Harvey says, is “a woman’s life, and her life in music. [Neil and Chris] know everything about that world, about those sorts of women. So they get really involved. We sat down and plotted out what we thought would have happened in her life, and each song really represents a different style of music – she was a folk singer, a rock singer, she did the stadiums, she did disco, she did ballads.

“It was a real laugh working out what she would have done, using information we gleaned from the previous musical and lots of things I wrote for programme notes with the initial album; piecing together this extraordinary life.”

“Loads of people are excited about seeing Billie again because they just adore her,” Barber says. She still gets letters from Pet Shop Boys fans who saw the show four or five times, telling her how much they loved it. “She’s just such a drugged-up old mess, but she sings that song saying ‘I’ve never been ignored’ and it’s just joyous.” Now, fortuitously, is the perfect time for her to return, as the original musical is mid-way through a run at the off-West End Above The Stag Theatre. “It’s a wonderful coincidence that it’s being revived this summer,” says Tennant. “So in August there will be two Billies on stage, one in Edinburgh and one in London.”

The “madness of Edinburgh” is what made it the first choice for the premiere, Harvey explains. “We knew we were writing something that was quite like a chamber piece, so it felt right – it’s being performed in a tent. It’s an intimate piece of a theatre, it’s a cabaret, it’s not an all-singing, all-dancing West End show.”

After that, Barber is ruling nothing out. “We have been asked already to go to the Leicester Square Theatre immediately after Edinburgh, and we’ll see what happens there. Then, who knows, maybe it’ll have a life around the world. I’ve got the backing tracks – it’s a mic and me and a table full of coke!”

She quickly adds, for the benefit of stuffier critics out there: “Pretend coke, pretend coke!”

‘Musik’ will premiere from 5-24 August at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, at Assembly Rooms (The Bijou), 54 George Street. For tickets: assembly festival.com. It will then run 3-7 September at the Leicester Square Theatre (020 7734 2222)

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#65 Post by tottenhammattspurs » Fri 26 Jul 2019, 1:33 pm

So its Friendly Fire, Ich Bin Musik, Run Girl Run and another.....
is is and isnt isnt

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#66 Post by Bulldog » Fri 26 Jul 2019, 2:23 pm

tottenhammattspurs wrote:
Fri 26 Jul 2019, 1:33 pm
So its Friendly Fire, Ich Bin Musik, Run Girl Run and another.....
Isn't it four new songs + two oldies actually?

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#67 Post by Wish » Fri 26 Jul 2019, 2:42 pm

1 Starting song "about her life in Berlin"
2 Andy Warhol phase song "about soup"
3 Run Girl Run
4 Ich Bin Musik
5 Freindly Fire reprise
6 Finale song "joyful anthem"

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#68 Post by tottenhammattspurs » Fri 26 Jul 2019, 4:52 pm

What do we recon then? Six track digital EP soon followed by a 12” in November?
is is and isnt isnt

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#69 Post by leesmapman » Fri 26 Jul 2019, 5:13 pm

If they throw the 1981 mix of Run Girl Run in it too, there's no need to get that expensive 2001 CD single

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#70 Post by Bulldog » Fri 26 Jul 2019, 8:04 pm

tottenhammattspurs wrote:
Fri 26 Jul 2019, 4:52 pm
What do we recon then? Six track digital EP soon followed by a 12” in November?
Is technically a six track thing still an EP? They could just include the four new songs perhaps.

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#71 Post by leesmapman » Fri 26 Jul 2019, 8:19 pm

Bulldog wrote:
Fri 26 Jul 2019, 8:04 pm
tottenhammattspurs wrote:
Fri 26 Jul 2019, 4:52 pm
What do we recon then? Six track digital EP soon followed by a 12” in November?
Is technically a six track thing still an EP? They could just include the four new songs perhaps.
Depends on the playtime (Introspective obviously isn't) but usually it's an EP.

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#72 Post by scousepsbfan » Sat 27 Jul 2019, 1:20 pm

ICH BIN MUSIK: Radio 2 have just played almost the whole track on the Alan & Mel show. Bloody good.
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#73 Post by Kobalt Blew » Sat 27 Jul 2019, 2:30 pm

scousepsbfan wrote:
Sat 27 Jul 2019, 1:20 pm
ICH BIN MUSIK: Radio 2 have just played almost the whole track on the Alan & Mel show. Bloody good.
A good spot scousepsbfan, starts playing at around 2:17:20
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00074vc
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#75 Post by scousepsbfan » Sat 27 Jul 2019, 4:54 pm

Great article, thanks for sharing. She says the songs are going on Spotify after the show opens, so 5th August maybe?? Hope they'll be available to buy as well.
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