Pet Shop Boys said: “When we wrote ‘Closer to Heaven’ almost 20 years ago, we loved the compelling outrageousness of the character Bille Trix as written by Jonathan and performed by Frances Barber. We have all discussed for many years the idea of creating her own one-woman show which would give us the chance to write more songs for her as she looks back on her incredible career. We’re thrilled that this show is finally happening.”
Jonathan Harvey said: “It has been such a treat reconnecting and working with Chris and Neil on this, 20 years after our first foray into musical theatre writing. In Musik Billie, dried up, drug-addled icon and rock star, tells us about her life and sings her biggest hits. I can’t wait to see Frances Barber inhabit her again as she did so hilariously and so touchingly all those years ago.”
Jonathan Harvey is an acclaimed playwright, novelist and TV writer whose work has earned many awards. His plays include ‘Beautiful Thing’, for which he won the prestigious ‘John Whiting Award’ and ‘Babies’ (National Theatre Studio/Royal Court Theatre), winner George Devine Award and Evening Standard’s Most Promising Playwright Award. On TV he wrote the cult comedy series ‘Gimme Gimme Gimme’, starring Kathy Burke and James Dreyfus, ‘Murder Most Horrid’ and is a regular script writer on ‘Coronation Street’.
Musik is on at Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, London WC2H 7BX from Tuesday 3 September at 7pm – Saturday 7 September at 9pm. Admission: £26.25. Phone: 0207 7342222