Tori Amos Gets Theatrical with New Musical ‘The Light Princess’
Tori Amos is hoping to present “The Light Princess,” her first stage musical, sometime next year.
The production of the musical is expected to play at the National Theatre in London, according to a report by the BBC. The project was put on hold in October of last year, but now Amos reveals that she is working with the National Theatre’s Sir Nicholas Hytner and says the musical will be “better than good.” No official dates for the production have yet been announced.
“The Light Princess” is the stage adaptation of the 19th-century Scottish fairytale by George MacDonald. It was originally scheduled to open at the Lyttelton Theatre last April before the project was put on hold indefinitely.
“If the fairies are with us, I’d like to say that before the end of 2013 it will be playing at the National,” Amos told to the Guardian. That paper reports that the singer-songwriter has been working on the production for over five years.
“We’ve been spending the last year getting it to a place where we’re feeling really good about it,” Amos told the BBC. The trick has been to have a fairy tale story on one hand, but on the other hand, that it’s a 21st century story for teenage girls and young women, and it has to resonate and be valid with what women are going through today. Marrying those two up has been a great challenge.”
The fairytale tells the story of a princess who has no gravity unless she is in contact with water. While swimming, she falls in love with a prince she encounters, but trouble arises when her spiteful aunt sets out to deplete all the water in the kingdom. The princess then tries to master the art of crying so she can marry the prince.