Tickets are now onsale for the new Foreigner musical built around the band's legendary catalogue. The production, called Jukebox Hero, The Musical after their 1981 classic, opened for a brief run first last summer in Calgary, and will now play an exclusive limited engagement at Toronto’s Ed Mirvish Theatre from February 21st to 24 — with two additional shows added due to high demand.
The idea for a Foreigner musical actually came to founding member Mick Jones during a chance airport meeting with the legendary Diana Ross, who suggested that Foreigner's music belonged on the stage. Jukebox Hero is based on the screenplay written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais — best known for the films The Commitments and Across The Universe, along with their work on TV's The Tracey Ullman Show.
According to the press release announcing the February run: “A coming-of-age saga featuring 16 of Foreigner's iconic Top 30 hit songs, Jukebox Hero, The Musical tells the story of the closing of rust-belt town of Blaydon, Pennsylvania's biggest factory. Confronted with a deluge of unemployment and instability, the community calls on Ryan, a local boy turned rock n' roll superstar, for help. Yet Ryan never left his roots on good terms, so must confront the ghosts of his past as well as a home he no longer recognizes.” For more info, log on to http://jukeboxheromusical.com.
Mick Jones told us that the song “Juke Box Hero” was actually inspired by a fan who stuck around after soundcheck and was spotted by him when the band came back to the venue hours later. Jones recalls how he gave the lucky fan a night to remember: “We went to the soundcheck and it was pouring with rain and there was one sort of sad, lonely fan left, and he was standing there drenched. And I kind of took pity on him and invited him in and really gave him, like, backstage experience. We had them put him on the side of the stage, and I looked at the kid and I could see his mind whirling. I was just trying to imagine what was going through his head that's how it gave me the nucleus of the song.”