David Byrne is Making a Musical About Teen Heroine Joan of Arc

David Byrne has written another musical. "Well folks, I've written another musical," the former Talking Heads frontman announced on his website yesterday, revealing that this one is about Joan of Arc — the maid-turned-martyr who led the French army to victory before being burned at the stake at the age of just 19. That everyone is familiar with at least part of her story — namely, the death part — is precisely what made it attractive to Byrne, because "it means that everything that happens will feel like an irrevocable tragic advance toward a preordained ending." Musically, the performance will consist almost solely of spiritual anthems powered by a young woman and her backing band.