INXS hope to become the new sensation of the world’s theatre stages with a musical based on their hits to open in Sydney in 2017.
With their music still commanding the album charts more than 100 weeks after they restored their legacy with the INXS: Never Tear Us Apart mini-series last year, manager Chris M Murphy has set up a theatre company to mount INXS The Musical.
Murphy remains tight-lipped about his backers for the project but insists he has some of the international theatre world’s biggest “creatives” coming on board to write and produce the musical for the stage.
The band’s longtime manager set up Murphy Theatrical to orchestrate the band’s next move to exploit their extensive catalogue of hits recorded by Michael Hutchence, Andrew, Tim and Jon Farriss, Kirk Pengilly and Garry Gary Beers, after reacquiring the rights to their music a few years ago.
The phenomenal success of the mini-series, which was watched by more than two million Australians and sold internationally, gave Murphy the impetus to forge ahead with the stage musical.
INXS: Never Tear Us Apart provoked a fan frenzy for their music with the The Very Best hits compilation giving the band their first No. 1 album in Australia in 24 years and spending 102 weeks in the charts and counting.