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Damon Albarn is writing an Alice in Wonderland musical

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    Damon Alban has never been one to toil away at a single project: In the last year alone, we’ve seen him release a full-length solo album, team with Brian Eno and Nick Zinner to reimagine Terry Riley’s “In C”, and tease a new Gorillaz studio album. Now, he’s gearing up for a return to the theater — or, more specifically, a trip to Wonderland.

    After composing two operas (2007’s Monkey: Journey to the West and 2011’s Dr Dee), Albarn is penning music for a new adaptation of Lewis Caroll’s classic novel Alice in Wonderland. Entitled Wonder.land, the production will be staged next July at Manchester’s Palace Theatre as part of the Manchester International Festival. Rufus Norris, who previously worked with Albarn on Monkey, serves as the show’s director.

    (Read: A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Damon Albarn)

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    According to BBC, Albarn’s Alice in Wonderland has been reimagined with the digital age in mind, as the story follows a 12-year-old girl named Aly, who creates an online alter-ego as Alice and loses herself in a virtual world. “I’m fascinated by the idea of going down a rabbit hole, the otherworldliness and what that might mean,” Albarn explains.

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