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Spider Stacy announced in May that he’s been collaborat­ing with David Simon, Simon's crime novelist wife Laura Lippman and fellow scribe George Pelecanos on a Pogues musical, which is set in a 1990s New York Hell Kitchen bar where memories and ghosts abound.

“We’re on the final script stage,” Spider said. “It’s been drafted and redrafted, drafted and redrafted countless times.”

Expected to hit Broadway at some point in 2018, it’s a labour of musical love for David Simon who’s been a Pogues fan since the ‘80s and used some of their songs in The Wire.

His original point of contact in the band was the late Philip Chevron who helped with the early drafts.

“It was Phil’s love and understand­ing of the stage musical and his advocacy for this project that it exists,” Simon notes. “It’s not a musical about The Pogues, but a tale written to utilise their musical canon.”

A busy 2017 also found Simon presiding over HBO’s New York porn industry drama, The Deuce, and precision trolling Donald Trump and his goons on Twitter.

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