The musician Yousuf Islam formerly known as Cat Stevens, is to return to the stage after 33 years. The British singer/songwriter is to pick up his guitar once more to play his all time hits and unveil his first stage musical called Moonshadow.
This will definitely not be a tour in the usual sense and is set to incorporate Yusuf’s timeless hits such as Wild World, Father & Son and The First Cut Is The Deepest, alongside music from his highly acclaimed new albums, An Other Cup and Roadsinger.
To make it even more of a spectacle for fans, Yusuf will also weave his latest creative voyage, his first musical, Moonshadow, into the shows.
Speaking about his work on Moonshadow, Yusuf said:
“My songs always told a story, so it’s natural for me to extend that into a stage musical form.
It’s taken a long time to arrive, but it’s always been a dream of mine to write a musical. Growing up in the West End of London, surrounded by theatres and shows, obviously left a strong impression on me.
I originally wanted to be a composer, not a pop star. Strange how it’s taken almost a lifetime, but it had to – the story is somewhat a metaphorical mirror of my own journey, so I suppose it had to wait to reach where I am today.”
Yusuf has asked Harvey Goldsmith CBE to manage this project. The musical director of “Moonshadow” is Christopher Nightingale, who has previously worked on the Lord of The Rings Musical and Bombay Dreams alongside A.R. Rahman. The choreographer, Nichola Treherne, was behind box office smashes from Starlight Express to Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Renowned Lighting designer Mark Brickman is designing the stage and lighting. He lit Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” and is currently designing Cirque du Soleil’s new show in Las Vegas. Rob Hallet is promoting the shows for AEG Live following his success with Leonard Cohen.
The four city “Guess I’ll Take My Time Tour” will commence in Dublin and continue to Birmingham, Liverpool and end in London at the Royal Albert Hall.
The full dates are:
November 15 – Dublin The O2
November 23 – Birmingham NIA
December 5 – Liverpool Echo Arena
December 8 – London Royal Albert Hall
Tickets will go on general sale on Monday 21st September 2009.
For more information: www.yusufislam.com