Pet Shop Boys musical ‘Closer to Heaven’ set for London revival

Show originally debuted in 2001

Pet Shop Boys‘ musical Closer to Heaven is to be revived in London next month.

Directed by Gene David Kirk with original music and lyrics by Pet Shop Boys Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, the show originally opened at the Arts Theatre, Westminster in 2001.

As pointed out by WhatsOnStage, this new production of Closer to Heaven will run at the Union Theatre from April 28 until May 23, with previews beginning on April 22.

Featuring a book by playwright Jonathan Harvey, the musical follows a young dancer named Dave, who takes a job in a Soho’s nightclub, and his close relationship with Billie Trix, a sixties rocker who acts as a mother figure to the club’s employees.

Last year, The Pet Shop Boys’ version of ‘Always On My Mind’ was voted ‘top cover version’ in a BBC Music Poll. Songs were suggested by BBC radio listeners before a Top 50 was picked by presenters including Fearne Cotton, Trevor Nelson, Simon Mayo and Steve Lamacq, as well as Jeff Smith, Head of Music for Radio 2 and 6 Music, and George Ergatoudis, Head of Music for Radio 1 and 1Xtra.

Johnny Cash’s version of Nine Inch Nails’ ‘Hurt’ was in second place, and The Stranglers take on Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s ‘Walk On By’ – as made famous by Dionne Warwick – was third. Other entries in the Top 10 included Muse’s version of Nina Simone’s ‘Feeling Good’, Jeff Buckley’s take on Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah and Jimi Hendrix’s ‘All Along The Watchtower’, originally by Bob Dylan.