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Rod Stewart turns his hits into a stage musical

Rod Stewart turns his hits into a stage musical. ”Tonight’s the Night” follows similar recent efforts by Billy Joel, ABBA, Queen, and other classic rockers

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Two days after Billy Joel won a Tony for ”Movin’ Out,” the Broadway musical whose score consists of his old hits, fellow classic rocker Rod Stewart unveiled plans for his own musical. ”Tonight’s the Night,” whose score consists of 22 Stewart hits, opens in London in October, though if it’s a hit, it will undoubtedly follow ”Mamma Mia” (the ABBA-based show that also originated on the West End) to Broadway.

”It’s going to run for 100 years — it will still be running when I’m the wrong side of the grass,” the 58-year-old Stewart told Reuters at Tuesday’s presentation in London, at which cast members previewed their renditions of such Stewart staples as ”Maggie May,” ”Sailing,” and ”Da Ya Think I’m Sexy.” The musical’s book is by Ben Elton, who also wrote the book for ”We Will Rock You,” whose score consists of Queen hits. Stewart’s manager, Arnold Stiefel, who is coproducing the musical, described the plot to Reuters. ”It’s a boy-girl love story,” he said, ”and though Rod never appears in it and no one playing Rod appears, the feeling of Rod purveys the whole thing.” Ahh, the feeling of Rod.