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Morrissey to Begin Broadway Residency This May

Morrissey, the former lead singer of the British rock band The Smiths from the nineties, and a long time solo artist, will perform a retrospective show on Broadway in May, the producers announced on Monday.

The singer-songwriter plays Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theater for seven gigs, between May 2 and May 11, in what is a statement “an intimate but exciting exploration of Morrissey’s extensive career from his early days to his new album called” California Son ” . “

The musician was born as Steven Patrick Morrissey in Manchester, England and became an influential figure in British pop and indie rock with his distinctive baritone voice, his witty and thoughtful lyrics and his sexually ambiguous and anti-establishment public persona.

The Broadway residency will take place prior to the release of May 24 from his new album, “California Son”, a collection of covers from classics from the 60s and 70s that follows the release of his version of the Pretenders’ “Back last year” “Back on the Chain Gang. “

The new album includes “It’s Over” by Roy Orbison, as well as tunes by Joni Mitchell, Dionne Warwick, Bob Dylan and lesser-known artists such as the early gay icon Jobriath and political activist Phil Ochs. The collection also offers partnerships with alt-rock royalties, including Billy Joe Armstrong (Green Day), Ed Droste (Grizzly Bear) and Sameer Gadhia (Young the Giant).

The Morrissey show follows the recent Bruce Springsteen residency at Broadway’s Walter Kerr Theater, where he performed a 14-month reflective, conversational show that ended last December. The Boss has won a special Tony Award for “Springsteen on Broadway.”

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