Oct 13 2008

Tori Girl: How Tori Amos is spreading her wings

Posted by The Afterglow Staff on October 13, 2008 at 10:00 AM

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The maverick singer is spreading her wings. She’s writing a feminist fairytale for the National Theatre, she tells James McNair for The Independant.

“There’s nothing wrong with Disney,” says Tori Amos, “but my benchmarks are more West Side Story meets Jesus Christ Superstar. I’m trying to write a musical that will be relevant to a 16-year-old today, a rite of passage for a young girl into womanhood.

“The National Theatre [with whom she’s in talks] has been more open-minded than anyone I could have worked with on Broadway, but everything has to be approved by committee, and I have to tell you that not everyone is aboard my Bösendorfer rocket-ship. They can pull out and this musical may never be staged, but I don’t want to be writing for a fuddy-duddy audience.”

Having split with Epic, Amos is financing recording sessions for her as-yet-untitled 10th studio album herself (again there’s a concept; each song will be tied to its own short film), but with 12 million album sales and a vast, famously loyal fan base behind her, the singer surely needn’t worry about this winter’s fuel bills?

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