AC/DC's BRIAN JOHNSON To Collaborate With THE CRANBERRIES Singer

Irish magazine Hot Press reported Thursday (July 17) that AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson is collaborating with THE CRANBERRIES singer Dolores O'Riordan on a project related to "Helen of Troy", a musical that Johnson has been working on for nearly seven years.

"Helen of Troy" is a humorous "Les Miserables"-style musical with rousing anthems, tender ballads and minimal dialogue. The project has been Johnson's dream for several years, finally deciding to put the songs together with British composer Brian Healy. Johnson was inspired to create the musical after seeing "Cats" several years ago. "I couldn't wait to leave," he said. "It was puerile drivel. That's when I started thinking I may as well try to write a show. Then I went to see 'Grease' in New York, and it was friggin' drivel, too. That spurred me on more."

The $1.2 million dollar production was originally to debut in March 2003 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota, Florida. However, the show has been pushed back to a November 2003 debut. If all goes well, the musical may tour nationally.

(Thanks: www.zombieguide.com)

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