Saturday, December 14, 2013

Kinks musical coming to London

A stage musical telling the early life story of Kinks frontman Ray Davies is set to open at London's Hampstead Theatre next year.

The BBC reports “Sunny Afternoon” will feature the band's hits, penned by Davies, and a script by award-winning playwright Joe Penhall.

The show will also chart the band's rise to stardom during the 1960s and is named after their 1966 hit single.

Casting details for the new show have yet to be announced, or whether Davies will take an on-stage role.

Davies has previously created a stage musical based around his music, called “Come Dancing”, which he wrote himself and appeared in. The show was premiered at the Theatre Royal in Stratford, east London in 2008, but a nationwide tour of the show a year later failed to materialize.

The Kinks performed for the last time in public in 1996 amid reports of a rift between the Davies brothers. The pair went on to pursue solo careers.

Davies hinted earlier this year that The Kinks would consider a reunion to mark their 50th anniversary next year, and said that new material could be written to mark the occasion.

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