Creator of HBO’s ‘The Wire’ Creating Musical Based on Music of The Pogues


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David Simon is apparently a huge fan of The Pogues. Who know? (Incidentally, The Pogues perform one of a handful of Christmas songs that I can stomach. An honor also held by The Kinks and The Ramones.)

Via The Rolling Stone:

David Simon, creator of the TV series The Wire and Treme, has reportedly finished the first draft of a musical based on the music of British-bred Irish rockers the Pogues. He has been working on the production with the understanding it will be produced by the Irish theater company the Druid. According to the Dublin-based newspaper Evening Herald, which broke the news, it “will take years” before Simon’s script is ready for staging.

Reportedly, Simon had been working on the musical with the raucous rockers’ guitarist Philip Chevron, who died of cancer in October. Previously, Chevron had been working on his own musical, about an Irish-American boxer, Jack Rooney in Person, though it was not produced, due to underfunding. The Simon production’s plot has not yet been revealed.