Michael mulls Wham! musical
Singer George Michael
has revealed he is considering offers to produce a stage musical
about pop group Wham!.
"Two or three
producers have approached Andrew Ridgeley and I," Michael
told London radio station Heart 106.2FM.
Michael, who has just
topped the charts with his album Patience, said he "hates
the idea" on a creative level.
"On another level, I
know a certain generation of people would love the idea. But I
would literally have to avoid the premiere," added the
"The truth is that
done on stage, there'll be no charm and you'll be left with a
lot of cheese," said the 40-year-old star.
"I think Andrew was
of the opinion that if the story was good enough, then it would
be snotty not to do it," said Michael.
would love the fact that it would make a fortune as well,"
A Wham! stage show would follow the highly successful trend of
pop acts' careers being made into musicals for London's West
enjoyed huge success from 1982-86
The hits of Swedish
supergroup Abba have been revived in the long-running show Mamma
Mia, while Elton John, Queen and Rod Stewart are among those who
have had their music translated to the stage.
George Michael said he
was "too much of a fan" of Queen to go and see their
musical, We Will Rock You.
Michael and Wham!
bandmate Andrew Ridgeley were catapulted to musical prominence
in 1982, and enjoyed a high-profile chart career.
They had four UK number
ones, including I'm Your Man and Wake Me Up Before You Go Go,
which have endured almost two decades on.
The pair eventually split
in 1986, with Michael going on to enjoy a successful solo career.
Ridgeley's attempt to
launch his own musical career stalled, with his 1990 single
Shake faltering at number 58.
announced his retirement from the mainstream music industry,
saying he would concentrate on distributing his work via the
The full interview with
George Michael is due to air on Jono Coleman and Harriett
Scott's show on Heart 106.2FM next month.