Suggs planning Madness movie musical

Suggs wants to turn Madness’ stage musical Our House into a movie to capitalise on the success of films like La La Land.
The pop legends teamed with writer Tim Firth to create the jukebox musical back in 2002, and it’s enjoyed regular touring success in the U.K. and Japan since its initial West End run.
Now their frontman, real name Graham McPherson, wants to take the show to the big screen, having been encouraged by the recent boom in movie musicals.
“I spoke to Tim Firth, who wrote the words, as I saw a thing in the paper about how there is a big upturn in movie musicals since La La Land and I was talking to Tim about getting it (made) into a movie,” the 58-year-old tells Britain’s Daily Star newspaper.
“It’s very exciting. It would be great. I think they are even talking about doing West Side Story – there have been loads of musicals being made into films again. It would be great to have Our House as a musical.”
Instead of telling Madness’ story, Our House follows a kid named Joe from the band’s old haunt of Camden, London, whose life splits into two paths, good and bad, after a visit from the police.
In addition to the success of musicals featuring original songs like La La Land, The Greatest Showman and the remake of A Star Is Born, two of Madness’ rock rivals, Queen, and Elton John, have enjoyed immense success with rock biopics showcasing their music.
A long-awaited sequel to ABBA’s movie version of their stage musical, Mamma Mia! was also released last year (18).

by WENN

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