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Sparks fly in new musical.

Byline: BILLY SLOAN

POP veterans Sparks' new studio album is the most ambitious of the Mael Brothers' incredible career.

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 is Ron and Russell's 22nd release - but their first ever pop musical.

Inspired by the famous director, the musical - commissioned by a Swedish radio network - is described as a musical fantasy based on Bergman's career.

Ron said: "Radio drama was exhilarating to work in as the imagination of the listener is so integral a part of the work.

"Aside from our love of Bergman, we also have a love of Orson Welles and his use of radio inspired us.

"We had to incorporate the Swedish language Swedish language, member of the North Germanic, or Scandinavian, group of the Germanic subfamily of the Indo-European family of languages. It is the official language of Sweden and one of the official languages of Finland, and it is spoken by about 9 million people:  and typically, when you mention Sweden, Americans think of Ikea or Volvo.

"We don't consider ourselves part of that group so chose Bergman and we've tried to be respectful of his legacy."

Russell added: "Once we came up with the idea of placing one of our favourite directors in a fantasy setting we knew we were on to something special."

The brothers will now transform the 24-song album into a film musical.

Ron said: "We always saw it in cinematic terms and we'd also like to present the musical as the next stage show for Sparks."

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