Continuing the tradition of multitasking, including the fully written album for The Good, The Bad & The Queen, teasing a new Gorillaz studio album, Brian Eno & Nick Zinner collaboration and lots of other stuff, Damon Albarn has announced he’ll be co-writing a stage musical based on Lewis Carroll classic story Alice In Wonderland.
Entitled Wonder.land, the production will be staged July 2 at Manchester’s Palace Theatre as part of the Manchester International Festival, according to Consequence of Sound.
Rufus Norris, a new artistic director, of the National Theatre, who has previously worked with Albarn on 2007’s Monkey: Journey To The West, and the one directing Wonder.land, said to BBC it will be “stuffed full of infectious and exuberant songs.” The story itself follows 12-year-old Aly, who creates an online alter-ego as Alice and loses herself in a virtual world.
“I’m fascinated by the idea of going down a rabbit hole, the otherworldliness and what that might mean,” Albarn said. “Alice aside, The Queen of Hearts, The Duchess, White Rabbit, Caterpillar were the most threatening characters of my childhood. I was genuinely very frightened of them as a kid.”