'Seeking Susan' Musical, with Blondie Songs, to Play London?

Variety reports that a musical version of 1985 cult film Desperately Seeking Susan may premiere in the West End at the Gielgud Theatre in November.

The show, to be directed by Angus Jackson (Carousel, Promises, Promises, Dealer's Choice) and produced by Susan Gallin, Ron Kastner, Mark Rubinstein and Old Vic Productions, will feature numbers from the song catalog of Blondie, the New York-based New Wave band behind hit songs such as "Heart of Glass," "One Way or Another," "Rapture," and "Call Me."

The Susan Seidelman-directed film Desperately Seeking Susan, which earned Rosanna Arquette a Golden Globe nomination and co-starred worldwide music sensation Madonna, tells the story of a bored suburban housewife who becomes fascinated with a woman she learns about through the personals section of a New York City Paper, and is known as a fond document of New York City's New Wave scene in the 1980s.

Other productions premiering as part of the 2007-2008 West End season include Richard Maltby, Jr. David Shire's Take Flight, based on the Wright Brothers Story, Royal Ballet at Covent Garden's The Seven Deadly Sins, which stars Martha Wainwright, and Lyric Hammersmith's Absolute Beginners, based on Colin MacInnes' 1959 novel. Upcoming transferring productions include Fiddler on the Roof (May 29), The Drowsy Chaperone (June 5), The Lord of the Rings (June 19) and Hairspray (previewing in October), as well as Grease and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, both currently being cast on reality TV and set to start performances in July.

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