Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Moonshadow, The Cat Stevens Musical, Destined for the West End…?

I’m being followed by a Moonshadow
Moonshadow, The Cat Stevens musical, has been playing in the Princess Theatre, Melbourne, since May. It was reported in Noise11 that it will be moving to the London West End.
This has been denied by the official production team on twitter.
… but wouldn’t it be great?

The musical is the ten year brainchild of Yusuf (formerly Cat Stevens) himself. He has said he was inspired by the ‘great’ musicals of Gershwin, Benstein and Sondheim, and Rodgers and Hammerstein:  The Sound of Music, South Pacific and West Side Story. His songs definitely show influences of musical theatre: powerful, tender, nostalgic and heartfelt.
Cat Stevens has a large following in the UK, and we think Moonshadow, if it were to come to the London, could do really well. It includes over 40 songs by Cat Stevens, including Father and Son, Wild World, and The First Cut is the Deepest.
The story is a fantasy adventure of a young man fighting to overcome the darkness, and find the land of the sun. The set is fairytale-like, and seems similar to the land of Oz, which is adorning two West End stages this summer, Wicked and The Wizard of Oz.  A similar style, appealing to a similar audience?

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