Bruce Woolley, Trevor Horn, and Geoff Downes, the writers behind the ’80s pop hit “Video Killed the Radio Star,” are collaborating on an original musical, provisionally entitled The Robot Sings.
The announcement coincides with the release of a new version of “Video Killed the Radio Star” from Woolley and The Radio Science Orchestra and featuring British singer-songwriter Polly Scattergood.
Currently in early development, The Robot Sings will feature “Video Killed the Radio Star” alongside new compositions; it will include additional music by composer Downes, script by emerging writer Jack Woolley, and visual moods realized by U.S. graphic designer and illustrator Paul Sizer.
Influenced by Shakespeare’s The Tempest, the musical imagines a sci-fi world which reflects the work of authors such as Brain Aldiss, JG Ballard, and Isaac Asimov, in which robots obediently serve their human masters. When his robot guardian is cruelly shut down, orphan Jay must face up to his village's inherent prejudices and sets out on a quest to save her. His act of bravery triggers changes that could lead to a robot-human reconciliation or all-out war.
Further details are still to be announced.