Coinciding with the re-release of the classic song, it has been announced that Bruce and Trevor Horn are working on a new piece of musical theatre.
Provisionally titled The Robot Sings, the new musical is currently in initial development and will feature an original story and score written by Bruce Woolley and Trevor Horn and will include the iconic song ‘Video Killed the Radio Star’ as well as new compositions.
The Robot sings will also feature additional music composed by Geoff Downes, a script by Jack Woolley and visual moods created by US graphic designer and illustrator Paul Sizer.
This musical will be influenced by Shakespeare’s The Tempest, imagining a sci-fi world which reflects the of authors including Brain Aldiss, JG Ballard and Isaac Asimov, in which robots obediently serve their human masters.
When his robot guardian is cruelly shut-down, orphan Jay must face up to his village’s inherent prejudices and sets out on a quest to save her. His act of bravery triggers changes that could lead to a robot-human reconciliation or all-out war. Told with humour, music, and most of all heart – this is a story about standing up for those you love, human or robot.
Video Killed the Radio Star is considered to be one of the most instantly recognisable songs of all time, with the original Buggles music video being famous for being the first ever shown on MTV when it launched in 1981. A new version of the song was released this weekend by Bruce Woolley and The Radio Science Orchestra featuring British singer-songwriter Polly Scattergood.
Further details of the brand new musical have yet to be confirmed.