Original Musical Based on Music of INXS in Production
Michael Cassel Group has announce the development of a new original musical featuring the sensational music of one of the world’s most iconic rock bands, INXS.
INXS has received recognition locally and internationally for its contribution to the music industry and has sold an estimated 60 million records worldwide. The Grammy nominated and multiple ARIA award winning band was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2001. And just recently, their album The Best of INXS become certified Diamond status for selling 500,000 copies in Australia alone, joining other Diamond certified music legends such as Taylor Swift, Eminem and Ed Sheeran.
Michael Cassel Group will work closely on the development of the new project with the band’s former manager, legendary business strategist and Founder and Chairman of Petrol Records and Petrol Live, Chris Murphy, who is instrumental in the band’s ongoing global success.
Michael Cassel, CEO/Producer said, “This presents an exciting opportunity to create a new theatrical story, using an extraordinary catalogue that has been enjoyed throughout the decades both here in Australia and internationally.”
Chris Murphy commented “INXS’s music just continues to push new boundaries and capture the attention and hearts of people around the world. Their music is like poetry, it tells stories, such beautiful stories, it’s just extraordinary. We’re now going to explore how we take these stories into a new dimension; the theatre. And in a time when everything is dark, to be able to speak about creating something new is really special. It’s a light at the end of the darkness.”
Global music labels Universal and Warner Chappell have also signed on for the development of the stage production drawing from a catalogue of more than 200 songs recorded by INXS since the band’s inception in 1977.
Michael Cassel continued, “Developing new work is crucial to the success of the theatrical industry and we need that now, more than ever. We have so many amazing stories to tell and we want to invest and cultivate an environment where we can develop and share these stories in new and exciting ways. There’s no better person than CM to work with as we begin creative development on this show – in fact CM and I have been chatting about this project for some time and I am thrilled that development is officially underway. This is just the beginning.”
Originally formed as The Farriss Brothers in 1977, INXS had their first number-one hit in 1984 with ‘Original Sin’. The band found international success in the mid-to-late 1980s and early 1990s with the hit albums Listen Like Thieves, Kick, and X. After frontman Michael Hutchence’s death in 1997, INXS continued to tour and record with several guest singers. During a concert on November 11, 2012, they announced the performance would be their last. They have not released new music since.
In 2014, INXS released a tell-all television interview special, The Story Behind INXS. The same year, Australian TV network Seven Network premiered a miniseries focusing on the band’s behind-the-scenes stories called INXS: Never Tear Us Apart. Most recently in 2019, a documentary film was released about the late Hutchence titled Mystify.
No creatives or further details have yet to be announced on the new musical.