"I write musicals. I'm working on my second musical now with Elton John," Shears told The Advocate in a recent interview. The two songwriters also collaborated on the infectious Scissor Sisters track "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'."
Shears also wrote the musical adaptation of Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City, which had its San Francisco premiere in 2011. The glam front man told the Advocate that he's relishing the opportunity to step outside Scissor Sisters and explore the world of theatre. He's currently playing Greta, a German drag performer, in the L.A. production of Bent. Shears collaborated with playwright Martin Sherman on the song, with Shears writing music to Sherman's lyrics.
"But it's making me realize when writing lyrics and stuff, it's giving me another perspective on writing for theater that I never had — a full actor's perspective on it," Shears said. "I feel like I'm getting a lot out of this, even just from the perspective of writing for theater. I'm just learning a ton.
"It's like Hedwig. There's a character that's just fleshed out over an entire show. So of course people bring their different [interpretations].You know, everyone's got their own Hedwig inside of them."
Shears declined to elaborate on exactly what the musical is about, saying, "I wish I could say! We haven't made an official announcement about it, but I'm very excited."
Watch Shears perform the new song for Bent below: