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Elton John Plans 'Animal Farm' Musical
keepyourspleen wrote in ohnotheydidnt

Elton John and writer Lee Hall are reportedly teaming up for a new stage show based on George Orwell's Animal Farm. "I'm deep into it, writing songs for pigs and other four-legged friends" Hall told The Daily Mail about penning songs based on Orwell's satire about the Stalinism era. "It's taken about two years. We almost gave up, but there was always that one last license to go after." Hall added that he and John have yet to acquire the necessary rights to stage a musical based on Orwell's book and that the show is at least two years away from the production stages.

John and Hall have worked together in the past - the two last collaborated on the musical Billy Elliot - and Hall says the two have got their creative process down to a science. "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," Hall said.

Orwell's novella may seem like an odd choice for a musical, but Elton isn't the first musician to try and turn the works of Orwell into a rock opera: David Bowie once hoped to turn Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four into a musical, but the Orwell estate rejected his proposal. Instead, Bowie used many of the songs he penned for the musical to lay the groundwork for Diamond Dogs, which included a song called "1984."


I am Elton John's biggest fan recently. I saw him a couple of weeks ago and as old and chubby as he is, he puts on a fucking unreal show. Tears almost came when he sang Circle of Life.

lol i just submitted a post with miss piggy!

lol someone should submit another one, for a trifecta!

David Bowie once hoped to turn Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four into a musical, but the Orwell estate rejected his proposal.


This would have been epic and amazing. Maybe. Probably. Yes.

lmao idk idk

that seems like a questionable idea

LOL. It probably would have been the trippiest thing EVER.

It definitely would have been, Bowie is epic himself, could you IMAGINE 1984 being made into something with Bowie involved? I'd die.

it would've been. the songs on diamond dogs based on 1984 are great <3

1984/Dodo, which didn't make the album is one of my favorite songs of all time. ;o;

Dude I remember when reading Animal Farm I ended up somehow switching Napoleon into a dog instead of a pig. Why would a flipping pig take care of puppies? The book is much better when Napoleon is a dog like doberman or something instead of a pig. For serious.



2010-07-28 03:17 pm (UTC)

The Orwell estate will probably "reject the proposal" this time too.

i remember watching the made for tv live action version of animal farm when i was like 10 bc i thought it was a "babe" sequel or some shit

~emotional trauma~

I lol'd irl at your emotional trauma (that shit really is frightening though).

I'm sorry. :(

lol that's ok

i knew something was up when boxer was sent to the glue factory but for some sick reason i kept watching
i was a masochistic kid

I have never, ever read Animal Farm in my life. Nor do I have the desire to read it. To see it into a musical? Thanks, but no thanks.

I have a copy of it illustrated by Ralph Steadman. It's a good book, but it's even better when it has pictures like this: http://www.signatureillustration.org/illustration-blog/wp-content/Ralph-Steadman-Animal-Farm-Front-Cover-2.jpg

but its really good! its one of those few HS assigned reading books i actually liked/loved

I never read Animal Farm but I saw the animated version and it was unitentionally hilarious.

lol ikr, the little piglets with bows on their tails.

That would be an interesting album. lol. I remember reading Animal Farm in middle school and our minds couldn't comprehend the communist allusions. All I really got out of it were animals fighting for power. Maybe I should read it again now.

Animal Farm... the book about the communist Russian revolution? A musical?

This could be epic or go horribly, horribly wrong.


diamond dog is one of my favourite bowie albums, JUST SO YOU GUYS KNOW.

also i have not read animal farm but i looove 1984.

READ IT. it's super short so it's not like you can't say you don't have time. lol

Personally, I like Animal Farm more than 1984

I love Animal Farm, and found 1984 incredibly difficult to read. I kept putting it down year after year. Forced myself to get through it last year, and parts were so wonderful, but by the end I threw it on the ground and wanted my time back. You should read Animal Farm.

~Fooouurrrrr legs goooooooooooooood, twoooooooooo legssssss baaaaaaaaaaaad~

Not sure if want.


This is going to turn into some Aida shit.

Meh. A local director did a beatbox-ing/musical Animal Farm out here last summer. Sorry Elton John, but no one tops Jon Tracy's productions. Again I say MEH!

Uh, wha...really? I was in this play years ago and it's not...well, I hope he ~gets~ it and doesn't try to make it into glittery Old McDonald or something.

1984 = one of the greatest books EVER

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