Regina Spektor To Pen Songs For ‘Sleeping Beauty’-Based Musical

Trend alert! The newest fad in the music industry is not the supposed death of autotune (Sorry, Jay-Z); it’s pop/rock stars lending their composing talents to the Great White Way.

Elton John scored big with his musical “Billy Elliot.” Bono and the Edge are working on that (hopefully) upcoming superhero musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” and now Soviet Kitsch singer-songwriter Regina Spektor has signed on to pen the music for “Beauty,” a 2011 production loosely based on the “Sleeping Beauty” fairy tale, reports the L.A. Times.

“Beauty” will riff on Tina Landau’s one-act play of the same name, itself a takeoff of the 1812 Grimm fairy tale. It’s described as “a musical that takes place in two different time periods. The first half hews closely to Landau’s original play, which is set 1,000 years in the past. The second part of the musical brings us closer to the present day.”

For her part, Regina sounds like a perfect match for the the reimagining. Her music’s whimsical yet contemplative style will fit this production like a custom-made glass slipper. Well, wrong fairy tale, but you get the point.

What do you think about Regina Spektor taking on the “Sleeping Beauty” re-imagining?