By Hazel Last edited 156 months ago

We've gone on about it before but clearly our dismay and disgruntlement was not heard, and the musicals industry has come up with yet another incredulous second career for a popstar for whom "star" is rather redundant.

If you have your head in your hands at this point, it may be best to keep it there as what follows could disturb theatre-goers and music lovers.

Ginger dreadlocked pop crooner of the 80s and 90s Mick Hucknall of Simply Red, who was famous for being red-haired and a bit grim looking (as well as having a few songs in the charts) is in the process of creating a new musical for the London stage.

The musical will feature all of Simply Red's best hits. Yes, those "hits" will be the medium through which a specially written love story, interwoven with events from Cuban history, is conveyed. All the Simply Red songs will be re-worked to have a Latin feel. Apparently, there will be a lot of salsa in the previously middle of the road chart ballads. The musical will be called Simply Cuban.

It sounds like it will be a Simply Red tribute show as if performed by the Buena Vista Social Club.

An opening date is still to be confirmed. We hope it stays that way.

Please, whoever encourages this ongoing assault on the sensibilities of the theatre-going public, just... don't. London is always under threat of streets awash with vomit, chaos and agression: please don't add to it by putting on production after production of this kind of thing. The popstars have had their day, their songs have had their airplay: why not let them rest and let the rest of us get on with pre-booking tickets for a decent musical.

Last Updated 24 January 2006