Music for My Beautiful Laundrette

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It was announced in July 2019 that the Pet Shop Boys had composed music for a new stage production based on the popular 1985 film My Beautiful Laundrette. As Neil and Chris stated in a press release, "It's wonderful to be part of the team bringing My Beautiful Laundrette from the screen to the stage and we've enjoyed writing mainly instrumental music to be presented within a British Asian context." Subsequent news online suggested that they had composed several pieces of background/incidental music for portions of the play as well as two new full-fledged songs.

The original film story (and there are no indications at this time that the stage version will substantially deviate in any way) is a comedy-drama set in South London during the 1980s. It centers on Omar, a young Pakistani man living in London, and his friendship and eventual romance with a troubled young ethnically English man named Johnny. The two end up managing a laundrette—a self-service public laundry, more commonly referred to as a "laundromat" in the United States—originally owned by Omar's uncle.

This new stage production will tour the U.K. in Autumn 2019. The Pet Shop Boys have confirmed that this new music will be recorded and released at some point on their own x2 label, though there's no word yet on precisely when that will occur. I'll post any additional information here as it becomes available.