MCQUEEN ON STAGE: It seems as if the buzz around the “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” exhibition that opened last week at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum has inspired a host of creative endeavors exploring the late Lee Alexander McQueen’s life. Two books have already been published this year — Andrew Wilson’s “Alexander McQueen: Blood Beneath the Skin” and Dana Thomas’ “Gods and Kings: The Rise and Fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano” — and now a play about the late designer is in the pipeline, too. May 12 will see the opening of “McQueen,” a play written by James Phillips and directed by John Caird, at London’s St. James Theater. Among the cast are “Glee” star Dianna Agron, who will make her British stage debut playing a fictional character called Dhalia and Stephen Wight, who will play McQueen, while British actress Tracy-Ann Oberman will play Isabella Blow. Wight has appeared in the BBC’s “Sherlock,” and stage productions including Michael Grandage’s “Don Juan in Soho,” and Nicholas Hytner’s “The Habit of Art,” while Oberman is known for her British television work. The theater states that the work is “more than a bio play,” and describes it as “a journey into the visionary imagination and dark dream world of Alexander McQueen.” Taking its cue from McQueen’s fall 2008 show “The Girl Who Lived in the Tree,” the play imagines a girl who breaks into McQueen’s Mayfair apartment to steal a dress, but winds up “embarking on a journey through London [with him] and into his heart.” That feel-good mood might not exactly dovetail with the dark romance that characterized McQueen’s work, though a spokeswoman for the play said that the work wasn’t in collaboration with the house of McQueen, but was instead written in co-operation with members of McQueen’s family. A spokesman for Alexander McQueen said the house isn’t involved with the play.

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