Pet Shop Boys back with 'The Most Incredible Thing' ballet score 

A new Pet Shop Boys album so soon?

Well, yes and no.

On March 22, Astralwerks will release Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe’s soundtrack to “The Most Incredible Thing,” a full-length ballet they’ve scored, performed by PSB and The Wroclaw Score Orchestra, conducted by Dominic Wheeler.

Sound strange? Hey — this is the band that already provided a resculpted score for historic silent film “The Battleship Potemkin.” They’re not kidding around.

The ballet is based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale of the same name, wherein a king promises the hand of his daughter to anyone who can invent The Most Incredible Thing. It’s a collaboration between choreographer Javier De Frutos and the British dance theatre company Sadler's Wells, and it runs there from March 17 to March 26.

Tennant got involved when Royal Ballet star Ivan Putrov commissioned a composition. Lowe proposed a full-length “Thing,” and Voila! Sadler's Wells greenlighted the project. PSB are even promising a full tour of the ballet in 2012.

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