Lily Allen is writing some of the songs for the new Bridget Jones stage musical, which has staged its first workshop reading. I’m told this was a rough assembly of Helen Fielding’s script and some songs with the Billy Elliot creative team — director Stephen Daldry, choreographer Peter Darling and associate director Julian Webber. Producer Working Title plans to bring the show to London’s West End next year. They’ll be crossing fingers Bridget Jones replicates the success of Billy Elliot, which has been seen by 4.5 million people worldwide and won 10 Tony awards, including Best Musical.
For those of you who are not familiar with Allen, she’s a British pop singer who is industry through and through. Her mum is film producer Alison Owen (Brick Lane) and her dad is Keith Allen, who played the Sheriff of Nottingham in the BBC’s Robin Hood. Allen’s sing-along choruses are deceptively sweet, and, I would have thought, just right for Fielding’s tart observations about single life. One recent hit It’s Not Fair dealt with her boyfriend’s problems with premature ejaculation. Prime minister David Cameron has spoken about how uncomfortable he feels listening to Lilly Allen in the car with his kids. I know how he feels. We were listening to one of her la-la-la tunes on the radio when my son piped up from the back seat, “Daddy, what’s a crack whore?”