Hytner has actively attempted to persuade big pop names into writing musicals, and previously announced that Blur’s Damon Albarn would premiere a modern London-set piece at the NT. At yesterday’s press briefing to launch the National Theatre’s 2006-7 Annual Report (See News, 2 Oct 2007), Hytner said that Albarn is “still cooking away, but whether it will ever happen, who knows?” Meanwhile, Hytner’s discussions with singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright were cut short when Wainwright decided instead to write an opera for New York’s Metropolitan Opera.
In any case, Hytner won’t be resurrecting any existing titles – “looking at the West End, there’s no need for us to be reviving musicals”, he said – and, when he has got a new show ready, he won’t be turning to reality TV to cast it a la Any Dream Will Do or Grease Is the Word. He grimaced at the suggestion though admitted rather gleefully that he was “totally hooked on The Sound of Music show, I love crap TV”.
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