We haven’t come across such a surefire idea for a light-hearted Broadway musical hit in decades: Pink Floyd’s “The Wall.” Think Sigmund Freud meets William S. Burroughs meets Cole Porter.

Yes, Pink Floyd’s concept album/movie “The Wall,” about a drug-addled, Oedipally deranged rock-star victim, will be rewritten for the stage by band cofounder Roger Waters, the Hollywood Reporter says. “Now I can write in some laughs, notable by their absence in the movie.”

Former Sony Music chief Tommy Mottola will produce. No word on exactly when you’ll be able to grab the kids, hitch up the wagon and head on over to get the family “Comfortably Numb.”

“The Wall,” which was turned into a semi-animated 1982 film, is a semi-autobiographical double-concept album about a decadent rock star named Pink Floyd. The album churned out hit songs “Hey You,” “Mother,” “Comfortably Numb” and “Another Brick in the Wall.”

Since its release in 1979, “The Wall” has sold over 23 million copies, and is now the third best-selling album of all time.

“There are few projects as timeless as “The Wall,”‘ said Mottola in a statement. “Even after two decades since its first release, “The Wall’ continues to break through every generational, socioeconomic and political boundary.”

Waters, who conceived the double album, will write the book and arrange the music for the Broadway version. Although Waters left the band in the 1980s, he retained the rights to “The Wall.”

Musicians’ libraries of songs turned into Broadway musicals isn’t new. The Who, Billy Joel, ABBA and others have achieved success in musical form on the Great White Way.

Stars endorse aid in letter

LONDON (AP) – More than a dozen celebrities, including Bono, Jude Law and Bob Geldof, have signed an open letter thanking Prime Minister Tony Blair’s government for its promise to boost aid to poor countries.

“It’s unfashionable to congratulate politicians in public but we’re going to do it anyway, to say thanks for increasing the funds available to tackle world poverty now and for committing to reach the U.N. aid-giving target by 2013 at the latest,” said the letter, published in Monday’s Independent newspaper.

“Thousands of people campaigned, and you responded, and lives in the poorest parts of the world will be transformed as a result,” it said.

Treasury Chief Gordon Brown announced last month that Britain would increase development aid to $11.7 billion, or 0.47 percent of national income, by 2007. He said that by 2013 the country plans to meet a United Nations target of giving 0.7 percent of gross domestic product to aid poorer countries.

The letter said the commitment could bring clean water to 14 million people, educate 2 million children or avert the premature deaths of up to 250,000 infants.

Britain has said tackling world poverty will be one of its key goals when it holds the rotating presidencies of the European Union and the G8 group of wealthy countries next year.

Others signing the letter included Chris Martin of Coldplay, Minnie Driver, Helen Mirren, Roger Moore, Colin Firth, Joseph Fiennes, “Love Actually” writer-director Richard Curtis and Anita Roddick, founder of the Body Shop cosmetics chain.


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