AceShowbiz - A new Luciano Pavarotti musical is in the works.
The iconic tenor passed away in September 2007 at the age of 71, but his legacy is set to continue through a new musical, with a rehearsed run-through being planned for later this summer (21).
"We're workshopping it in London this year," Michael Gracey, who has created and is directing the show, told the Daily Mail's Baz Bamigboye column.
The singer's most famous recordings will be remastered to enhance their sound and Michael joked that he's now heard Pavarotti's signature aria, "Nessun dorma", so many times, he could sing it backwards.
"It's Pavarotti like you've never heard him before," said Gracey, who previously directed the movie musical "The Greatest Showman".
In the U.S., Broadway is also gradually welcoming stage shows.
Former Talking Heads star David Byrne's acclaimed stage musical "American Utopia" will return to Broadway on 17 September (21).
The show enjoyed a limited engagement on Broadway in 2019 and 2020, and now it has found a venue for its return - Jujamcyn's St. James Theatre, which is also the home for Bruce Springsteen's New York theatre comeback over the summer.
Byrne will bring back his original American Utopia band for the performances.
"It is with great pleasure that finally, after a year+ like no other, I can announce that our show is coming back to Broadway," Byrne said. "You who kept the faith, who held on to your tickets, well, you knew this would happen eventually! September 17 - remount previews begin."
"We're moving to the St. James Theatre - just down 44th Street from the Hudson, where we were before. The stage is a little wider and the capacity is a little bigger - I guess we did alright! Seriously, New York is back, and given all we've witnessed, felt and experienced, it is obvious to me that no one wants to go back to a world with EVERYTHING the way it was - we have an opportunity for a new world here. See you there."