This is the most surprising news of the day, although perhaps it shouldn’t be. David Simon, creator of HBO’s The Wire and Treme, is working on a musical based on the music of the Irish-rock group The Pogues, Rolling Stone reports. On one hand, it’s obviously a creative departure for Simon. On the other, Treme showcased his love for music, and he’s used The Pogues’ music extensively in his television shows. “Body of an American” appeared on The Wire three times, including the infamous Jimmy McNulty wake scene. Spider Stacy, a founding member of the band, also played an English street musician in Treme.
So maybe this is a natural evolution for Simon. In any case, he had been working on the musical with Pogues’ guitarist Philip Chevron before Chevron died of cancer in October. Simon continued the work, and recently finished a first draft. He submitted the manuscript to Garry Hines, the artistic director of Galway’s Druid theater, though Dublin’s Daily Herald reports that it will be years before the play is ready for performance.
Sam Beam, Kathleen Edwards, Glen Hansard, and Calexico recently covered the Pogues’ “Fairytale of New York” on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, and you can watch the performance at this link. Watch the wake scene from The Wire below: