Billy Joel, ABBA and The Who have done it in New York, the Pet Shop Boys, Queen and Boy George in London. Why shouldn't one-time theatrical performer and sometime film star David Bowie write a musical based on his songs?
The New York Post's Page Six reports that Bowie is interested in pursuing a stage play of his music. The British rocker has created some theatrical pieces — his "Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars" is currently in film re-release for its 30th anniversary and "Diamond Dogs" was originally a rock interpretation of George Orwell's "1984." He also starred as the title role in The Elephant Man on Broadway.
On film, Bowie took a musical turn in the kiddie movie "Labyrinth," for which he penned six songs. He has also appeared in "The Man Who Fell to Earth," "The Hunger," "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me" and "Zoolander."
Bowie has a huge catalog, comprising some 50 albums in all (his latest, "Heathen," will be released this year). His popular songs include "Space Oddity," "Changes," "China Girl" and "Fame," an impromptu duet recorded with John Lennon.
— By Christine Ehren