THE SMITHS are the latest band to inspire a new musical.
Following in the footsteps of Queen and ABBA, the bandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s rise and fall is to be played out on stage at LondonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Lyric Hammersmith Theatre next July.
Written by Smiths fans Andrew Wale and Perrin Manzer – who also created Ã¢â‚¬â„¢Jacques BrelÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Anonymous SocietyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ a few years ago Ã¢â‚¬â€œ have promised something tasteful and not at all like a traditional musical.
According to The Independent, the title of the production will be taken from the Smiths track Ã¢â‚¬â„¢Some Girls Are Bigger Than OthersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ and the show will feature more than 20 songs by the band arranged for a string quartet and sung live by a cast of six.
Associate producer Michael Brazier said: "Each song has a life of its own but they are connected by the way the performers behave on stage."
Producers have described the Smiths musical as a "film without a text" and initial plans are more opera than theatre. The show will be neither biographical, nor set to a musical score but evolve through a loose pastiche of scenes linked to each of the songs. Video sequences may also be included.
Brazier added: "It is not a linear story. There will be action going on stage whether its dance or movement or acting without words depends on the scene. Sometimes the song – and what the singer is saying in the song – will be the main line of action. But other times when you are concentrating on the singer, out of the corner of your eye you will be seeing impressionistic goings-on elsewhere on the stage. The significance of that (action) will become clear later. The meaning of these clues will gradually reveal themselves."