Charlie Huisking of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that he ran into AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson on Main Street in Sarasota, Florida last week. Brian was just back from Toronto, where the band performed with THE ROLLING STONES in an outdoor concert that attracted hundreds of thousands.
"However, Johnson was most excited about a recent trip to London, where a workshop performance of his musical, 'Helen of Troy', was staged for potential backers," Huisking writes.
"In the audience was Cameron Mackintosh, the producer of 'Les Miserables', 'Phantom of the Opera' and 'Miss Saigon'.
" 'The show isn't quite there yet — we need to tinker with the second act,' Johnson said. 'But people were excited.'
"A 'Les Miserables'-style musical with rousing anthems, tender ballads and minimal dialogue, 'Helen of Troy' is a longtime project for Johnson, a musical-theater fan. He wrote the music and lyrics with British composer Brian Healy.
" 'Helen of Troy' was to have premiered at the Van Wezel last spring, in a collaboration with the Sarasota Ballet. But financing problems caused that production to be scratched from the ballet's season.
"The ballet still hopes to mount a production here eventually."
(Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune)
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