ARTS & CULTURE
07/06/2011 01:29 am ET Updated Sep 04, 2011

Lily Allen Penning 'Bridget Jones' Musical, Heading To Stage In 2012

Lily Allen is heading to the stage, or writing for it anyways. Allen is penning the songs for the new musical version of Helen Fielding's'Bridget Jones's Diary,' and said to Elle magazine that she's nearly finished. Her career as a recording artist is currently on hiatus due to her work on the musical and her burgeoning family.

Of her break, Allen said "I can't commit to going on tour for seven months and leaving [husband] Sam [Cooper], I really miss singing my songs to people and seeing the reaction on their faces. It's one of the most special things you can do, or it was for me."

Bridget Jones herself will be played by Sheridan Smith, who previously starred in Legally Blonde: The Musical. Smith tweeted that "Lily has done an amazing job with it" and the the musical is "still very much in the workshop phase."

The book for the musical will be written by Fielding, and produced by working title. Stephen Daldry and Peter Darling with serve as director and choreographer respectively. Daldry is known for his work on Billy Elliot. The novel came out in 1996 the 2001 film starred Renee Zellweger, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth and the musical will head to London's West End in 2012.