News: First look at Frances Barber as Billie Trix in MUSIK

Frances Barber stars as outrageous Billie Trix, icon, rock star, screen goddess, drug addict in MUSIK by Jonathan Harvey and Pet Shop Boys

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

A 60-minute, one-woman show, multi-award-winning actress Frances Barber reprises her role as Billie Trix from the 2001 musical, ‘Closer to Heaven’.

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 in association with Spiteful Puppet Entertainment.

The show plays at the Leicester Square Theatre until Sunday 1 March.

Photo credit: Marc Brenner

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