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Ozzy Osbourne Hard At Work On Rasputin Musical (7/15/2005)

Ozzy Osbourne will take a bit of homework out with him on this year's Ozzfest tour. Osbourne is working on a musical about controversial Russian politician Grigory Rasputin with songwriter Mark Hudson, who's collaborated with AEROSMITH and Ringo Starr. Osbourne told Launch that the project began 10 years ago with a song he and Hudson wrote for his "Ozzmosis" album. "We wrote a song called 'Rasputin', but then it never got used, you know," he said. "And then every now and again I'd try to find this tape of songs. We wrote a bunch of songs together, and I put this tape on and thought, 'You know what? That would be a great musical.' It kind of grew on its own."

Osbourne and Hudson are working on songs now and looking for someone to help script the musical. Osbourne said that he's received interest in the project from producers considering everything from Broadway to a touring show.

Additionally, In another recent interview, Ozzy said: "Iím just currently finishing off a musical, hopefully, for Broadway on the life and times of Rasputin the mad monk. Itís the traditional Fiddler on the Roof type of music, plus the kind of Beatley kind of influence. Thereís this wonderful song that goes, 'How dark it is before the dawn, the day begins, a child is born'. Itís beautiful. Iím really happy about it. I hope the rest of the world is. I spent 10 years of my fóking life in this thing."

Source: Blabbermouth / Launch / Risen Magazine

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