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George Michael mulls Wham musical
George Michael
Singer George Michael said he was torn by prospect of Wham! musical
Singer George Michael has revealed he is considering offers to produce a stage musical about pop group Wham!.

"Two or three producers have approached Andrew Ridgeley and I," Michael told London radio station Heart 106.2FM.

Michael, who has just topped the charts with his album Patience, said he "hates the idea" on a creative level.

"On another level, I know a certain generation of people would love the idea. But I would literally have to avoid the premiere," added the singer.

"The truth is that done on stage, there'll be no charm and you'll be left with a lot of cheese," said the 40-year-old star.

"I think Andrew was of the opinion that if the story was good enough, then it would be snotty not to do it," said Michael.

"He would love the fact that it would make a fortune as well," he added.

Wham!
Wham! enjoyed huge success from 1982-86
A Wham! stage show would follow the highly successful trend of pop acts' careers being made into musicals for London's West End.

The hits of Swedish supergroup Abba have been revived in the long-running show Mamma Mia, while Elton John, Queen and Rod Stewart are among those who have had their music translated to the stage.

George Michael said he was "too much of a fan" of Queen to go and see their musical, We Will Rock You.

Michael and Wham! bandmate Andrew Ridgeley were catapulted to musical prominence in 1982, and enjoyed a high-profile chart career.

They had four UK number ones, including I'm Your Man and Wake Me Up Before You Go Go, which have endured almost two decades on.

Stalled career

The pair eventually split in 1986, with Michael going on to enjoy a successful solo career.

Ridgeley's attempt to launch his own musical career stalled, with his 1990 single Shake faltering at number 58.

Michael recently announced his retirement from the mainstream music industry, saying he would concentrate on distributing his work via the internet.

The full interview with George Michael is due to air on Jono Coleman and Harriett Scott's show on Heart 106.2FM next month.


SEE ALSO:
George Michael tops album charts
21 Mar 04  |  Entertainment
Review: George Michael's Patience
17 Mar 04  |  Entertainment
George Michael shuns music industry
10 Mar 04  |  Entertainment
George Michael goes back to Sony
17 Nov 03  |  Entertainment


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