David Byrne and Fatboy Slim teamed up to write a rock musical titled Here Lies Love back in 2010, which told the story of the former First Lady of the Philippines Imelda Marcos. Today, Byrne announced that he’s written a new musical about Joan Of Arc, which is set to premiere at the Public Theater in New York City next spring. Byrne explained the reason why he chose the saint as a subject in a press release:
Why has this story endured over centuries and been made into so many plays and movies? Because it’s about someone—a nobody, a teenage girl—who inspired others to act, to overthrow their oppressors and take charge of their lives. She transforms from an innocent, into an androgynous warrior, and finally a martyr. Joan’s story is about the power of the individual to make a difference and (for me) the hubris and sometimes oversteps that often go along with that. In other words—it’s completely relevant.