News: Frances Barber to return as outrageous Billie Trix in Pet Shop Boys musical Musik

Producers have announced that critically acclaimed Musik by writer Jonathan Harvey and Pet Shop Boys Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe is to get a four-week London run following its sold out world premiere at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe.

A 60-minute, one-woman show starring multi-award-winning actress Frances Barber reprising her role as Billie Trix from the 2001 musical, ‘Closer to Heaven’, Musik will run at Leicester Square Theatre from Wednesday 5 February to Sunday 1 March.

Pet Shop Boys said: “When we wrote ‘Closer to Heaven’ almost 20 years ago, we loved the compelling outrageousness of the character Bille Trix as written by Jonathan and performed by Frances Barber. We have all discussed for many years the idea of creating her own one-woman show which would give us the chance to write more songs for her as she looks back on her incredible career. We’re thrilled that this show is finally happening.”

Jonathan Harvey added: “It has been such a treat reconnecting and working with Chris and Neil on this, 20 years after our first foray into musical theatre writing. In ‘MUSIK’ Billie, dried up, drug-addled icon and rock star, tells us about her life and sings her biggest hits with Frances Barber inhabiting her again as she did so hilariously and so touchingly all those years ago.”

Musik is produced by Cahoots Theatre Company.

Musik runs at the Leicester Square Theatre from Wednesday 5 February – Sunday 1 March.

Photo credit: The Other Richard

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