Jake Shears and Elton John struggling with new musical

Jake Shears and Elton John are struggling to perfect their new musical about televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker.
The duo teamed up with playwright James Graham to create the show, tentatively called Tammy Faye – A New Musical, but Jake admits that the process of penning the show has been torturous.
“Musicals are nothing but heartbreak,” the former Scissors Sisters singer tells British newspaper The Times. “They take for ever, they’re so stop-starty. It’s the most archaic thing you could ever make, they’re older than God. There’s no shortcuts, nothing technological you can use. It’s all elbow grease and there’s so many things that can go wrong.”
The musical is still at the workshop stage, although the pair hope to open the show, which is about Tammy, who with her husband Jim became hugely popular preachers before he was convicted of fraud, next year (20).
Tammy, who died in 2007, was rare among evangelicals in accepting homosexuality and helping fund the fight against the HIV/AIDS virus in the 1980s.
Jake was going to star in Elton’s musical biopic, Rocketman, but his scene was cut from the final version of the film.
Revealing there’s no hard feelings, he said that he still had immense amounts of fun on set.
“It was the most fun I’ve ever had,” the star said. “You’re on this huge set and I had a week of rehearsals with 50 dancers. I basically had to pretend like I own the f**king place, and I’m wearing the craziest thing I’ve ever worn – feathers out to here.”

by WENN

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