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“In this world of Darkness, evil rules by night, but somewhere in the shadows…someone’s seeking light.”
Moonshadow, a new musical fantasy written by Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, premiered at the Princess Theatre in Melbourne last week. The 5 million dollar production is led by Sweden’s top musical director, Anders Albien, and features an all-Australian cast.
According to The Australian, “The staging for Moonshadow, the musical, is deliberately cartoonish and the storyline an uncomplicated tale of good versus evil, light versus dark, star-crossed lovers and mean-spirited landlords intent on upping the rent.”
In an interview with ABC radio, Stevens shared that the plotline of the musical features an imaginary world, in which days do not exist—only night, and everyone has to work for the light. The protagonist meets his “moonshadow,” a sign that helps him along his journey to bring light to the world. Stevens also incorporates Arabic words into the script of the musical.
Having sold more than 60 million records, his global fanbase still stems from his success during his days in the musical industry. The musical’s weaving of new songs with Islam’s beloved classics, particularly his 70’s hits Tea for Tillerman and Teaser and the Firecat, are the main attracting factor of the show.
Stevens is said to have “enjoyed one the most unique careers in pop history,” gaining a fanbase from the young and old, worldly and spiritual. Moonshadow is expected to capture the attention of a wide and intergenerational audience as well.