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Pink Floyd's Wall Broadway bound
Harvey Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein will help bring the Wall to Broadway
Pink Floyd's seminal album The Wall is the latest piece of popular rock to be turned into a musical.

Its storyline, portraying the fictional life of anti-hero Pink who withdraws into a fantasy world, will be staged on Broadway in New York.

The band's live performances of the album were among the most ambitious spectacles attempted in rock music.

Since its 1979 release, the album, which features hit track Another Brick in the Wall, has sold 23m copies.

A film company and former Sony Music boss Thomas Mottle have bought the rights to develop the musical from Roger Waters, who co-founded the band.

'Bombastic' movie

Waters, the band's bassist, will write and compose the orchestral arrangements for the New York stage production.

The Wall was turned into a semi-animated 1982 film, starring Bob Geldof as a pop star who descends into madness.

It was described as "a vacuous, bombastic and humourless piece of self-indulgence" at the time.

Waters retained the rights to The Wall after an acrimonious departure from the band in the 1980s.

He said: "Now I can write in some laughs, notable by their absence in the movie."

Marimba Films co-chairman Harvey Weinstein said: "I am thrilled to be involved with bringing The Wall to Broadway and to give new generations the opportunity to see this legendary show."

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