THE CRANBERRIES' official web site (www.cranberries.ie) has posted an update on singer Dolores O'Riordan's collaboration with AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson on songs for "Helen of Troy", a musical that Johnson has been working on for nearly seven years.
"Dolores is waiting to 'hear' songs written by Brian Johnson of AC/DC (with others) on his play 'Helen of Troy'," reads a post on the site. "She is not writing with Brian as much as she would love to. Brian has been working on this 'idea' for a number of years. The musical is expected to feature many artists and may be ready for its debut in London later in the year." Dolores and Brian hooked up earlier this summer during a European tour featuring THE CRANBERRIES, AC/DC and the ROLLING STONES.
As previously reported, "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.