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'Star Wars' stage show in the works

Dec. 12, 2008 at 10:02 AM   |   Comments

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LONDON, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- The stage show "Star Wars: A Musical Journey," featuring live music by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, is to premiere at London's O2 in April.

The BBC said the orchestra will perform new versions of compositions heard in the six "Star Wars" movies, while live narrators tell the tales and excerpts from the blockbusters play on a big screen.

Created by filmmaker Gorge Lucas' production company Lucasfilm and composer John Williams, the show is to be taken on a European tour after its engagement in London, the BBC said.

David Campbell, chief executive of AEG Europe, which runs the O2, said: "'Star Wars' holds memories for practically everyone. John Williams is THE composer of our times, and fans will be thrilled to know that both he and Lucasfilm have contributed fully to this new production. To have the premiere at the O2 is a real coup for us, and I know there will be a lot of very happy 'Star Wars' fans out there when they hear the news."

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