David Bowie 'Heroes: The Musical' announced for spring 2012

Singer allows his songs to be used for the first time in UK stageshow

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UPDATE: David Bowie's official spokesman has denied that the singer has given permission for 'Heroes: The Musical' to use his songs.

Plans for a David Bowie musical have been announced for spring 2012.

The singer has agreed for the first time to allow his songs to be used for a futuristic fantasy about his life called 'Heroes: The Musical', which will have its world premiere next March at London's IndigO2 venue.

Deep Singh, who wrote the musical, told the Guardian:
We could not really believe it when they gave us permission.

He added: "His people had warned us that it was very unlikely that he would be interested and that he had been asked many times before.

"We did not want Mr Bowie to think it was going to be a tribute show, and that seems to have had an effect."

The musical will feature around 20 songs including 'Heroes', 'The Man Who Sold The World' and 'Let's Dance'.

In 2008 Bowie was said to have agreed to allow some of his songs to be used in a musical version of the cult sci-fi film The Man Who Fell To Earth.

But it has never surfaced and the original 1976 film, which starred the singer as an alien, did not feature any of his songs.

Bowie's classic single 'Space Oddity' was recently turned into a free children's book.

Meanwhile, NME's sister title Uncut have launched a new iPad app which allows you to take a look back on the history of the iconic singer.

'David Bowie: The Ultimate Music Guide' gives an overview of The Thin White Duke's five-decade long career with rare interviews taken from the archives of NME and Melody Maker, as well as newly-commissioned reviews of each of the singer's studio albums.

The package costs £2.99 and is available from iTunes. A lite version of the app, which can be downloaded for free, is also available from iTunes.

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