This weekend, The Guardian reported that a David Bowie-inspired production titled “Heroes: the Musical” was headed for London in 2012. The musical would have been based on some of Bowie’s best-known songs and would tell the story of Major Tom and the starman. The musical would feature songs that include “The Man Who Sold the World,” “The Jean Genie” and “Heroes.”
“We could not really believe it when they gave us permission,” said Deep Singh, the musical’s writer in the Guardian article. “His people had warned us that it was very unlikely that he would be interested and that he had been asked many times before.”
But, as pointed out by The New York Times and a brief press release, Bowie’s representatives said that the project isn’t happening.
“Neither the David Bowie Organization, nor its co-publishers EMI Music and Chrysalis, has issued a license for a Bowie musical at the O2, as has been reported in the U.K.,” the release said. “There are no negotiations pending for a long-running musical featuring the music of Mr. Bowie.”
While no information has been released concerning details of the statement, it looks like fans shouldn’t be hoping for a Bowie-based musical anytime soon.