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Broadway plan for Bob Dylan hits
Bob Dylan
Dylan's album The Times They Are A-Changin' was released in 1964
The songs of Bob Dylan are to feature in a Broadway musical set in a circus called The Times They Are A-Changin'.

The show will be choreographed by Twyla Tharp, who adapted Billy Joel's hits for the production Movin' Out.

As well as the title track, it will include Subterranean Homesick Blues, Mr Tambourine Man and Blowin' in the Wind.

Meanwhile, Dylan is to headline a peace concert in the Basque city of San Sebastian, where the banned separatist group Eta is demanding independence.

The rock legend's songs will be used in The Times They Are A-Changin' to tell the story of a young man's relationships with his demanding father and a beautiful circus performer.

Twyla Tharp
Twyla Tharp's Movin' Out ran for 1,300 performances on Broadway
The three roles are played by Michael Arden, Thom Sesma and Caren Lyn Manuel respectively.

The musical received its US premiere last February at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, California.

It received mostly encouraging reviews from newspaper critics in the state.

The San Diego Union-Tribune described it as "exciting", while the San Francisco Chronicle praised the production's "dynamic performances and imaginatively acrobatic choreography".

Dylan is currently on a world tour and Tuesday's gig at San Sebastian's Zurriola Beach is expected to attract some 50,000 fans.

'Milestone'

The event's organisers said it would be "a happening that will be remembered as a milestone in the path of peace".

Dylan, 65, will appear after musician Mikel Laboa, whom the organisers described as a "living legend of Basque music".

Eta declared a permanent ceasefire in March after an armed campaign lasting more 30 years. It is blamed for more than 800 deaths.

Spain's prime minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, said last month his government would begin negotiations with the group.

"We are living days of hope when at last peace is possible," the concert organisers said.

"The gathering of thousands of people united by the music and over political ideas of any kind looks like the best way to symbolise this moment."


SEE ALSO
Date set for Dylan album release
14 Jun 06 |  Entertainment
Making the sound of the '60s
03 Jun 06 |  Entertainment
Dylan to play Basque peace show
28 Apr 06 |  Entertainment
Musical sued over 'breast jibe'
21 Mar 06 |  Entertainment
Dylan to play Denmark's Roskilde
08 Mar 06 |  Entertainment
Billy Joel's career revival
08 Feb 06 |  Entertainment

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