Source: The Edmonton Sun

Submitted by: Richard Orchard

LONDON (AP) - 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 the band is working with playwright Ben Elton on the show.

"The rumour 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, Queen produced a string of hits during the 1970s and '80s, including Bohemian Rhapsody, We Are the Champions and We Will Rock You. Mercury died of AIDS in 1991.

"Young people will be in it. There'll be a lot of Queen songs with some new ideas in there," May said.

Elton, a former stand-up comedian and satirical novelist, wrote The Beautiful Game, a musical about Northern Ireland, with composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. The show garnered mixed reviews. May said he hoped the Queen musical would reach the stage late this year or early in 2002.