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Damon Albarn Has Scored a New ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Musical

'' will premiere at the Manchester International Festival in July

Damon Albarn is generally known for taking on a plethora of projects, no matter how out of the blue — there’s no new Gorillaz album on the horizon, for instance, but the British singer has scored a musical based on Alice in Wonderland that’s set to make its debut at next summer’s Manchester International Festival. Titled (how boundary-pushing and edgy!), the theatrical production will follow its protagonist, Aly, as she goes to to “escape from her parents, from teachers, from herself.” Nothing screams rebellion, after all, like a little online RPG.

This isn’t the Blur frontman’s first foray into musical theater, as he also provided the score and lyrics to Monkey: Journey to the West, a far-out pop-opera sung interspersed with animation by Albarn’s Gorillaz co-creator, Jamie Hewlett. He also composed Dr Dee: An English Opera. Albarn’s most recent non-musical venture, Everyday Robots, was released in 2014.