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Pet Shop Boys To Premiere Alan Turing Opera Today

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Wednesday evening, Pet Shop Boys will perform their original opera about gay codebreaker Alan Turing. Turing is often pointed to as an overlooked person in history — during WWII he played a key role in the watershed cracking of the Enigma Code. But in 1952 Turing was arrested for homosexuality, and in 1954 he took his own life.

Pet Shop Boys' Neil Tennant explains that the band's interest in Tennant stems from an 80s play in London's West End — Hugh Whitemore's Breaking the Code. The Guardian quotes Tennant:

You really get a feeling of this extraordinary quirky genius when you learn about Turing. [He] made a big impression on people that knew him, because he was such an unusual person … coming from this different era of V-neck sweaters and sports jackets, yet having this incredible vision of the Universal Machine, and going round telling people he was homosexual.

The often-quotable Tennant goes on to describe the political situation in England today regarding gay rights, and he notes that even conservatives like Prime Minister David Cameron are for marriage equality.

It isn't really a party political issue any more. I think what really happened is we've moved, not totally, but as a society, away from toleration to acceptance, and a reasonably happy acceptance actually. All parties are supporting that now...You'd have to ask David Cameron about his motives, because I know what certain people say about it. Nonetheless he's run with this issue.

Pet Shop Boys will premiere their Turing-inspired work, A Man From the Future, this evening (July 23). The performance will feature Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders. You can find audio and visual streams via BBC here, the show starts at 5:15pm ET.


Behind the Scenes of Pet Shop Boys’ Electric’ Tour: VIDEO

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A new episode of Vevo Tour Exposed gives viewers a behind the scenes look at the complex costumes and lasers of Pet Shop Boys’ Electric Tour. 

The synthpop duo’s tour just wrapped up its North American leg and will conclude on August 9th in Skanderborg, Denmark. 

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Pet Shop Boys to Debut Musical Piece on Gay WWII Codebreaker Alan Turing

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At an upcoming BBC concert this summer, The Pet Shop Boys will debut A Man from the Future - a new music project centered around gay World War II codebreaker Alan Turing.

Digital Spy reports:

Alan turingThe piece includes an orchestra, a choir, electronics and a narrator, and is based on the life and work of computer pioneer and code-breaker Alan Turing, who died 60 years ago but in December 2013 was granted a royal pardon for his conviction for homosexuality.

Pet Shop Boys have worked closely with Andrew Hodges, author of Alan Turing: The Enigma. The orchestrations for A Man from the Future are by Sven Helbig, who the duo also worked with on their ballet The Most Incredible Thing.

The duo said: "It is an honor for us to be invited to present some new music at The Proms and to celebrate Alan Turing 60 years after his death."

The opening night of BBC's Late Night Proms will take place at the Royal Albert Hall on July 23. 


Pet Shop Boys Release 'Slow Mix' and Video of Panti Bliss Dance Track: WATCH

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At the beginning of February, activist Rory O'Neill, also known as drag queen Panti Bliss, took the stage after a performance of James Plunkett’s 1913 Lockout drama The Risen People in the national theatre, and gave an impassioned speech on homophobia that took the internet by storm.

Last week, the Pet Shop Boys released "Oppressive (The Best Gay Possible), an activist anthem for the new age featuring Panti's speech. This week comes a "slow mix" of the track wih an accompanying video featuring a montage of homophobia-related clips.

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Epic Speech on Homophobia by Panti Bliss Gets Backing Dance Track from Pet Shop Boys: LISTEN

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At the beginning of February, activist Rory O'Neill, also known as drag queen Panti Bliss, took the stage after a performance of James Plunkett’s 1913 Lockout drama The Risen People in the national theatre, and gave an impassioned speech on homophobia that took the internet by storm.

Now the Pet Shop Boys have given Panti's speech the backing track it deserves, making "The Best Gay Possible" an activist anthem for the new age.

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The Pet Shop Boys Bring 'Thursday' to 'The Jonathan Ross Show': VIDEO

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The Pet Shop Boys brought "Thursday", the latest single and arguably the highlight from their latest album Electric, to The Jonathan Ross Show in the UK.

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