Will Broadway soon be feeling “The Power of Love?” ‘Heart of Rock and Roll’ will build an original story around the hits of Huey Lewis and the News

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Will Broadway soon be feeling “The Power of Love?” ‘Heart of Rock and Roll’ will build an original story around the hits of Huey Lewis and the News

‘Heart of Rock and Roll’ will build an original story around the hits of the band that helped define the MTV era of the 1980s and early ’90s, generating 19 Billboard top 10 singles.

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That 1985 hit written for the Back to the Future soundtrack is one of a string of songs made popular by Huey Lewis and the News in the 1980s and early ’90s that will form the spine of the new stage musical Heart of Rock and Roll.

With a book by Jonathan Abrams based on an original story by Tyler Mitchell and Abrams, the show will feature chart hits by the San Francisco band including “Stuck With You,” “Hip to Be Square” and “If This is It,” as well as “The Power of Love.” Gordon Greenberg (Holiday Inn) is attached to direct.

Lewis himself revealed news of the project in a video announcement.   No timeline or premiere plans have been released, nor has there been any indication whether the show eventually is eyeing Broadway.

Huey Lewis and the News broke through as one of the defining bands of the MTV era with their 1983 album Sports, which spawned four top 10 hits. Their five albums released between 1982 and 1991 generated 19 Billboard top 10 singles.

“Hip to Be Square” was memorably featured on Broadway in the 2016 musical American Psycho, as serial killer Patrick Bateman waxed lyrical about the band’s craftsmanship while mutilating a Wall Street associate with an ax.

Heart of Rock and Roll is the latest in a growing roster of stage musicals built around the back catalogs of popular music artists, following in the footsteps of shows like Jersey Boys, a bio-treatment of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons; On Your Feet! about Gloria and Emilio Estefan; and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.

Whether the theatrical market can sustain such a deluge of jukebox musicals remains to be seen. Or to quote another Lewis hit, will over-saturated audiences start saying “I Want a New Drug?”

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