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Friday, 1 June, 2001, 07:54 GMT 08:54 UK
Pet Shop Boys musical opens
Francis Barber as club hostess Billie Tricks in Closer to Heaven
Sex, drugs and rock'n'roll with a contemporary twist
Sir Elton John was among the stars who turned out for the opening night of a West End musical by 80s pop stars the Pet Shop Boys.

Closer to Heaven, with words and music by the pop duo, received a standing ovation at London's Art Theatre.

It has great music, a great story and great performances I would give it 11 out of 10

Sir Elton John

Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe teamed up with acclaimed playwright Jonathan Harvey for the tale of sex, drugs and rock and roll in the clubs of London.

Other celebrities who lent their support to the première included Sir Ian McKellen, Germaine Greer, Simon Callow and Janet Street Porter.

The Pet Shop Boys rose to fame in the 80s with their unique brand of electro pop, notching up hits such as West End Girls, Always on My Mind and It's a Sin.

Sir Elton John and David Furnish
Sir Elton and partner David Furnish enjoyed a 'brilliant' night out
'Incredible'

Sir Elton, who attended with partner David Furnish, gave the show his enthusiastic thumbs-up.

He said: "I thought it was absolutely brilliant, I thought it was one of the most incredible nights I have had at the theatre for a long time.

"It has great music, a great story and great performances I would give it 11 out of 10."

It has taken Tennant and Lowe five years to get Closer to Heaven off the ground and onto the stage.

The standing ovation the performance received stunned Tennant.

He said: "I was incredibly moved, I have been very, very nervous and have been surviving on half my usual amount of sleep, but tonight made it all worthwhile."

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