MOONSHADOW, the world premiere musical based around the music of Cat Stevens/Yusuf currently playing at the Princess Theatre in Melbourne has announced its imminent closure, four weeks ahead of schedule.
The fantasy musical which opened on the 31st of May 2012 will now close on August 5 and the much discussed transfer of the production to Sydney and Perth now seems unlikely.
MOONSHADOW , a new musical fantasy written by Yusuf, features the amazing songs which he penned as Cat Stevens. Weaving together incredible new songs with his beloved classics, hits such as Father & Son, Wild World, Matthew & Son, The First Cut is the Deepest and, of course, Moonshadow, around every corner, this musical is the summit of the life’s work of this most profound songwriter who has touched the hearts of so many.
“Oh, baby, baby, it’s a wild world, it’s hard to get by just upon a smile”
Through his much loved songs MOONSHADOW will take the audience on an incredible journey with an enchantingly magical story of a young man and his moonshadow’s struggle against the oncoming of darkness as the night planet prepares for the big blackout by the death of the Moon.
The World Premiere of MOONSHADOW opened at the Princess Theatre on 31 May, 2012. This $5 million production will have an Australian cast and creative team, together with Sweden’s top musical director, Anders Albien.
With an incredible fan base in both East and West, Cat Stevens / Yusuf has enjoyed one of the most unique careers in pop music history, appealing to audiences from all walks of life – young and old, worldly or spiritual – the prospect of a new musical conceived by himand spanning his amazing catalogue is a dream come true. Yusuf has chosen Melbourne for the global Launch of Moonshadow as he has a strong connection to the city through family and friends.
MOONSHADOW is about themes that are both powerful and universal. It’s about hopes and dreams; greed and power; right and wrong; but most importantly MOONSHADOW is about finding happiness and love.