There are some things in life we didn’t know we needed until it came to us – and a Pogues musical is one of them.
When you think of the Pogues, you probably think of the hit Christmas song that really wasn’t that Christmassy at all – unless you make a habit of calling your lover a scumbag and a maggot each Christmas. But the Celtic punk band became increasingly popular during the ‘80s and ‘90s and soon became a firm favorite among the music world.
So it’s no wonder they’re being honored with their own musical – and with one of the best writers in the business.
According to reports, The Wire screenwriter David Simon has reached the ‘final script stage’ of the new Pogues musical and has collaborated on the script with his crime novelist wife, Laura Lippman, and George Pelecanos. And it’s said we can expect big things.
The new musical will be set in the ’90s in an Irish pub within the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York and will feature a number of ghosts within the cast (at least that will save some money on the Payroll) and will be set to the music of the Pogues.
It’s said that when finished, The Pogues Musical will first appear on Broadway before crossing over the pond to the UK and Ireland, where it is expected to be a big hit. The Frontman of the Pogues, Shane MacGowan has no plans at this stage to be a part of the production – but with such a big writer on the books, we reckon he could persuade him.
The original commissioner for the musical has since said that he is, “very much looking forward to taking the project to the next stage.”
We are, too!