Rick Astley is taking on Broadway

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Rick Astley’s career revival may be based on people being tricked into seeing him, but the 80s pop star is now counting on fans buying actual tickets. Not only is Astley again headlining the Here and Now nostalgia tour, but the man who promised to never give you up, let you down, run around and desert you … is writing a movie musical.

New York Cowboy will tell the story of a small-town boy who moves to New York City in the 80s. It is not, in other words, an autobiography.

“My wife’s now a movie producer so I read a lot of scripts and I’m really passionate about films,” Astley said in a recent interview. “One day I thought, ‘Well, why don’t I write one?’ And it turned into a musical – but not for the stage.”

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