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Huey Lewis jukebox musical is in the works

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Huey Lewis and the breaking news: A musical based on the 1980s hit machine is being developed for the stage.

"Heart of Rock and Roll" will showcase many of the San Francisco band's 19 Top 10 hits, including "If This Is It," "The Power of Love" and, no doubt, "I Want a New Drug."

No word yet on the story line or when the show will premiere. The jukebox musical will be directed by Gordon Greenberg, who recently revived "Holiday Inn" at Studio 54 in New York.

Huey Lewis and the News are among a growing number of pop stars to inspire a stage show. Jimmy Buffet's "Escape to Margaritaville" opens March 15 at the Marquis Theatre on Broadway, where it will soon be joined by "Summer: The Donna Summer Musical," "The Cher Show" and the Go-Go's tribute "Head Over Heels."

Also in the works are musicals based on the songs of the Bee Gees, Pet Benatar, Petula Clark, Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, Meat Loaf, Alanis Morissette, Diana Ross, the Temptations and Tina Turner.

If this is it, as Huey Lewis sang, please let me know.

Photo by Frans Schellekens/Redferns

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