Depeche Mode musical coming to the island of Malta

Update: Slicing Up Eyeballs now reports the project has been canceled due to “miscommunication and misunderstanding” over his rights to use the band’s music. Oh well.

Whether or not Depeche Mode makes a long-term return as a unit is still up in the air. But if you plan on being on the island of Malta (for you non-geography buffs, it’s in the Mediterranean) in February or March 2011, you can enjoy the best of what the trio has already released thanks to the Unifaun Theatre Co.’s musical Playing the Angel: The Musical.

Per Slicing Up Eyeballs, the musical, which nabbed its name from the band’s 2005 album, is still being written, but a few songs have already been selected for the show, including “Personal Jesus”, “Walking In My Shoes”, “People Are People”, and other beloved tracks. According to the company’s official site, the musical will be a “a coming-of-age story of two 15-year-old boys, Dave and Andy, as they grow up and learn to deal with life, sexuality, addiction and relationships.” And if you’re expecting a traditional musical treatment in the vain of Mamma Mia!, think again; the show, like the band’s music, will be dark and moody. So, we’ll just count out any happy endings.

In case your spring plans don’t involve Malta, the production also plans to debut at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in April 2011. As always, stay tuned for more info on the show and its debut.


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