Friday, July 23, 2010

Lee Hall & Elton to Work on New Animal Farm Musical

UK Daily Mail reports that BILLY ELLIOT authors Elton John and Lee Hall will be collaborating again on a new musical based on George Orwell's 'Animal Farm.'

Hall calls 'Animal Farm' "perfectly suited for the stage," and pointed out that its language lent itself well to lyrics. "I'm deep into it," said Hall, "writing songs for pigs and other four-legged friends."

Noting the difficulty of securing the rights to bring the novella to the stage, Hall said, "It's taken about two years. We almost gave up, but there was always that one last licence to go after." Now that the proper rights have been secured, Hall will concentrate his focus on the musical once summer is over. "Having worked with him on Billy Elliot, I know that Elton likes to have the lyrics done and have them in front of him so I'll work on a batch before I give him anything to look at. I would think it's going to take about two years before it's all ready to go."

No word is given on a potential theatre or producer.

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