The songs of Queen, one of rock's most theatrical groups, are to be turned into a stage musical. In an interview with London radio station Capital Gold, guitarist Brian May said yesterday (March 7) th

The songs of Queen, one of rock's most theatrical groups, are to be turned into a stage musical. In an interview with London radio station Capital Gold, guitarist Brian May said yesterday (March 7) the band is working with playwright Ben Elton on the show. "The rumor is that we're doing a musical, which is true," May said. "Ben Elton has written us a fantastic script."

May said the show would not tell the story of the band. Fronted by flamboyant singer Freddie Mercury, who died of AIDS in 1991, Queen produced a string of hits during the 1970s and '80s, including "Bohemian Rhapsody," "We Are the Champions," and "We Will Rock You."

"Young people will be in it. There'll be a lot of Queen songs with some new ideas in there," May said. The guitarist said he hoped the Queen musical would reach the stage late this year or early in 2002.

Elton, a former standup comedian and satirical novelist, wrote "The Beautiful Game," a musical about Northern Ireland's troubles, with composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. The show garnered mixed reviews.

The interview will be broadcast March 15.

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