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Bowie musical claim

PUBLISHED: 17:03 21 May 2008 | UPDATED: 10:52 12 August 2010

HEAD BOY: David Bowie in the 1976 film The Man Who Fell To Earth.

HEAD BOY: David Bowie in the 1976 film The Man Who Fell To Earth.

RUMOURS that singer David Bowie will be the latest star to have a musical made out of his hits have been quashed. Bowie, who grew up in Bromley,

RUMOURS that singer David Bowie will be the latest star to have a musical made out of his hits have been quashed.

Bowie, who grew up in Bromley, has denied reports that his songs were to be used in a new Broadway extravaganza.

According to reports, choreographer Peter Schaufuss was planning to use his hits in a musical based on the 1970s flick The Man Who Fell To Earth that saw Bowie play Thomas Jerome Newton.

But a spokesman for Bowie's RZO Music said: "We have licensed absolutely no material written by Mr Bowie to Schaufuss.

"We have never been requested to and we do not intend to."

The spokesman also denied that writer of The Man Who Fell To Earth, Walter Tevis, was planning a Broadway hit.

The spokesman added: "We are close to the Walter Tevis Estate and we have first-hand knowledge that they have not licensed the musical rights to Schaufuss either.

"Furthermore, the advertising for this production appears to be utilising an unauthorised name and likeness of Mr. Bowie and we will seek injunctions, if necessary, to stop their use."

Mr Schaufuss told the BBC he had obtained the necessary permission to use Bowie's music for a production in Denmark.

Adding that the show would have premiered on September 26, he said he hoped to use 15 Bowie tracks including Let's Dance, Life on Mars and Starman.

On his website, Bowie dismissed reports he had approved a musical as "absolute toss".

He wrote: "I have no idea who Peter Schaufuss is either.

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