David Bowie toyed with the idea of writing a musical version of George Orwell’s 1984 during his '70s heyday. He also appeared in Julien Temple’s poorly received ‘80s musical feature Absolute Beginners. Bowie has always had a flair for the stage. Just look at his aping of Shakespeare’s Hamlet in the picture that decorates this very article. So what are the chances of the great man allowing his own songs to be used in a theatrical production?
U.K. tabloid the Sun is reporting that Bowie has allowed director Peter Schaufuss to stage a new musical based around his appearance in Nicolas Roeg’s The Man Who Fell to Earth. An ever-reliable “unnamed source” even claims that Bowie has given permission for the production to use some of his biggest hits. “It was the involvement of Peter that really swung him,” claims the Sun’s insider. The NME has also picked up on the story here.
Bowie fans who are fighting off images of Christopher Guest’s Waiting For Guffman can rest easy. The man himself has delivered a short two-sentence riposte to the Sun’s article: "Absolute toss. I have no idea who Peter Schaufuss is either." Which should put an end to this particular rumor.