Legendary songwriter who has worked with Britney, Adele and Justin is bringing a new musical to London

This sounds like the mother of all musicals

Legendary producer Max Martin’s songs will be the subject of a new musical slated to open in July 2019.

This is the man responsible for recent no. 1 hits ‘Bad Blood’ and ‘Blank Space’ by Taylor Swift, ‘Can’t Feel My Face’ by The Weeknd and ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling’ by Justin Timberlake.

A casting call posted on Twitter on Tuesday revealed that the production will use Martin’s “incredible catalogue of songs as inspiration” and is now casting “exceptional pop singers” aged 20-30 and of all ethnicities.


The musical has some great people already linked to the project. Not only is Martin himself involved, but David West Read, from Schitt’s Creek, is writing the original story.

Tony- and Grammy-winner Bill Sherman from ‘In the Heights’ will be musical supervisor and Luke Sheppard, who was associate director on West End musical hits ‘Matilda’ and ‘Singin’ in the Rain’, will direct.

Martin has been the producer to turn to if you wanted chart success for the past 20 years. His vast back catalogue includes massive hit songs for Adele, Britney Spears, Katy Perry, The Backstreet Boys, Justin Bieber, Robyn and The Weeknd.


Martin’s tally of 22 number ones – 6 per cent of all US number 1 songs since 1991 – means he is the third most successful songwriter in US chart history behind only Paul McCartney and John Lennon.

The elusive hitmaker gave a rare interview back in 2016 and revealed the secrets to penning a hit song, which focused on sticking to pure pop sensibilities and songwriting rules.

However, 2017 was the first year that none of his tracks did not make it to the top spot.


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