We have faith in Elton John, but even so, his next Broadway
project seems a bit out there. The music icon is currently bringing Orwell’s
Animal Farm to the stage, complete with singing pigs, horses, goats and donkeys.
While The Lion King worked beautifully, Orwell's dark allegory exploring “the corruption of socialist ideals in the Soviet Union” and “the societal tendency toward class
stratification” doesn't seem like an easy sell (there's no "hakuna matata" here). But Elton and Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall have been hard at work on the project for about two years, and seem very excited about it.
Now that all legal rights have been secured, Hall told the Daily Mail that he is currently "deep into it, writing songs for pigs and four-legged friends." He added, "Elton likes to have the lyrics done and have them in front of him, so I'll work on a batch before I give him anything to look at."
While Animal Farm was adapted for the stage in the past, we hope that Elton can prove once again that some songwriters are simply "more equal" than others.
-- NICK STERGIOPOULOS
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