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Sometimes rocks stars want to get in on Broadway musical to reach a bigger audience. Here are 9 rocks stars who wrote Broadway musicals.
- Trey Anastasio from Phish. Anastasio co-wrote the music for the Broadway musical Hands on a Hardbody in 2013, along with Amanda Green, who wrote the lyrics. The pair were nominated for a Tony Award too.
- Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day. In 2010, the Green Day record American Idiot was turned into a Broadway musical. The album won a Grammy, while the musical won a Tony.
- Duncan Sheik. He was a singer-songwriter from the late 90s who saw moderate success, but he gained critical acclaim with the musical Spring Awakening in 2006. He won multiple Tony Awards for the musical.
- Bono and The Edge from U2. In 2011, Bono and The Edge teamed up with Julie Taymor to write and produce the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark. It was the most expensive musical to ever be produced on Broadway and it was a major flop. It closed in 2014.
- Elton John. While Elton John co-wrote the songs for The Lion King animated movie, along with Tim Rice, he also gets credit for the Broadway adaptation in 1997. The pair were nominated for a Tony Award for Best Original Score.
- Boy George. The Culture Club frontman wrote the Broadway musical Taboo in 2003. He was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Original Score.
- Paul Simon. In 1998, Paul Simon co-wrote the music and lyrics for the musical The Capeman, which received Tony nominations for Best Original Score, Best Orchestrations, and Best Scenic Design.
- Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus from ABBA. The pair’s music was adapted to the stage for the Broadway jukebox musical Mamma Mia! It started off in London’s West End in 1999, but made its way to Broadway in 2001. It was turned into a feature film in 2008.
- Sting. The Police’s Sting (born Gordon Sumner) wrote the music and lyrics to the new musical The Last Ship. It opened in Chicago, before moving to Broadway in 2014. While the show received moderate reviews, but heft ticket sales, The Last Ship ended its run in late January 2015.