Bowie Says No To Musical

David Bowie’s representatives say that contrary to reports from the U.K. press, the singer has not given permission for his songs to be used in a new musical starring characters from his catalog.

On Saturday The Guardian published a story with a headline proclaiming “David Bowie says yes to futuristic musical based on his hits.” The musical, titled “Heroes: The Musical,” was reportedly going to make its world premiere in March at London’s IndigO2.

“We could not really believe it when [Bowie] gave us permission,” the musical’s writer Deep Singh told The Guardian. “His people had warned us that it was very unlikely that he would be interested and that he had been asked many times before.”

Turns out Singh shouldn’t have believed it.

The David Bowie Organization released the following statement Sunday: “Neither the David Bowie Organization, nor its co-publishers EMI Music and Chrysalis, has issued a license for a Bowie musical at the O2, as has been reported in the U.K. There are no negotiations pending for a long-running musical featuring the music of Mr. Bowie.”

According to The Guardian, the show was going to feature 20 songs including “Heroes,” “The Man Who Sold The World,” “The Jean Genie” and “Let’s Dance.”

“Heroes: The Musical” takes place in the “indeterminate future” in a dystopian empire created and controlled by the “ruthless Smart Simon.”

Additional characters include the Diamond Dogs, the starman waiting in the sky, Major Tom and a “young dude” named David.