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A Trip Down Animal Farm

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A Trip Down Animal Farm#1
Posted: 7/23/10 at 5:47pm
This is muted to come to the West End around the Olympics, but what can I really say about this show, know nothing about the story, all I know is Lee Hall and Elton John I fabulous composers together and if it is 25% as good as Billy Elliot, then this will be superb?

Elton John and Lee Hall are reuniting after the Tony-winning success of their stage version of Billy Elliot to now bring George Orwell's classic novel "Animal Farm" to the stage. According to a report in London's Daily Mail, writer Lee who won Olivier and Tony Awards for his book and lyrics for Billy Elliot has said, "I'm deep into it, writing songs for pigs and other four-legged friends."

It has taken Lee and his collaborators time to secure the rights. "It's taken about two years. We almost gave up, but there was always that one licence to go after." Lee estimates a further two years development time to bring it to the stage. Lee is working on writing the lyrics first before handing them over to Elton John to set to music.

"Having worked with him on Billy Elliot, 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. I would think it's going to take about two years before it's all ready to go."

Orwell's allegorical novel about the Stalin era before the Second World War was first published in 1945, and revolves around the corruption of the revolution by its leaders.
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A Trip Down Animal Farm#2
Posted: 7/27/10 at 12:22pm
I am sorry - but I just can't see this doing that well. Billy Elliot works because it's a simple, American-dream story... Animal Farm - simply - isn't.

I am sure Elton will knock out some dull melodies like he did for Billy Elliot in three weeks, and hand them over to Martin Kosch to make into full theatre scores.

WIll be interesting to see how this develops.
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