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Milli Vanilli opera announced based on 1980s lip sync scandal

Miming duo's rise and fall turned into stage show


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An "experimental" opera is set to open based on the rise and dramatic fall of 80s pop duo Milli Vanilli.

The German duo rose to fame in late 1989 when their debut album Girl You Know It's True achieved international acclaim, and the band won a Grammy for Best New Artist.

Soon, doubts started circling around the authenticity of the do, following their first interview with MTV in which their English language skills were less than perfect. There were also various reports of the track skipping during live performances before the "singers" ran offstage.

In 1990, Milli Vanilli were found to be models hired to lip sync to other people's voices, and their award was withdrawn.

The opera based on their infamous story has been developed by theatre director David Levine, and is very experimental indeed.

"The musicians get fed their parts just in time and it's never the same piece twice" said Levine, "They play it as they receive it which leaves it prone to all kind of glitchy repetition."

The theatre director was first inspired to write the opera after he watched a 2001 episode of VH1's 'Behind the Music' which was based on the duo. The 80 minute opera will be showing at Brooklyn's BRIC House from 23 January.

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