Pet Shop Boys' Tennant and Lowe Will Write Music for My Dad's a Birdman

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Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, best known as The Pet Shop Boys, have signed up to write original music to accompany David Almond's My Dad's a Birdman, which is being presented as the Young Vic's Christmas show in London. It will begin performances Nov. 25 in the theatre's Maria studio, for a run through Jan. 1, 2011.

My Dad's a Birdman, according to press notes, is intended for audiences of 5-8 years old. The plot is described thusly: "Everyone is in a twitter – the Great Human Bird Competition is coming to town! Lizzie and Jackie have been building their nest and are preparing for take off. But Auntie Doreen disapproves and is out to bring some order back to No.2 Lark Rise! Will the dynamic father and daughter duo get a chance to fly, or will sums, dumplings and headmasters get in their way?"

It is directed by Oliver Mears, with designs by Giles Cadle and lighting by Giuseppe Di Lorio.

According to press materials, the Pet Shop Boys are the most successful pop duo in UK music history. This is the first time they have collaborated with the Young Vic, and it is their first theatre project for young audiences. They have previously written an original musical Closer to Heaven that premiered at the West End's Arts Theatre in 2001, and are currently scoring a new ballet entitled The Most Incredible Thing, to open at Sadler's Wells Theatre next spring. The band, who have sold over 50 million records, have released ten studio albums and had four number one singles: "West End Girls," "It's a Sin," "Always on My Mind" and "Heart." They have previously also collaborated with such artists as Liza Minnelli (on a solo ablum), Dusty Springfield, David Bowie, Yoko Ono, the late filmmaker Derek Jarman and the artist Sam Taylor-Wood.

Almond is the recent recipient of the Hans Christian Andersen Author Award 2010. His first novel "Skellig" won the Whitbread Children’s Award and the Carnegie Medal, and was adapted for the stage where it was premiered at the Young Vic in 2003 in a production directed by Trevor Nunn.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7922 2922, or visit www.youngvic.org for more details.

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