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NO, I’m not kidding and this isn’t a late April Fool’s joke either.

It has surfaced on the internet that artistic director Des McAnuff, director of the Broadway and West End hit musical ‘Jersey Boys’ is working on a new opera based on the life of Ayrton Senna.

You still may think I’m pulling your leg, but apparently it has already been commissioned by the English National Opera and the Metropolitan Opera. It is set to premier in London in November 2012.

Some of you may have heard about ‘Shane Warne: The Musical’, but that was meant to be a bit tongue and cheek. By the sounds of it, ‘Senna’ is going to be a proper opera.

Now I can’t be the only F1 fan to be thinking “how the hell is this going to a) work, and b) do the great man justice?” If it bombs (and I really hope it doesn’t) it will surly tarnish the whole Ayrton Senna image.

Besides, even if it is made and is a success I still don’t believe I’d be able to watch it. It would be too cringe worthy and awkward to sit and watch somebody playing my hero and singing. It’s even making me cringe now just thinking about it.

What do you think? Will this be a fantastic shot in the arm for Formula 1, its fans and the Senna name? Or will it be just as painful as really getting shot in the arm?

Des McAnuff - In the process of writing

Ayrton Senna - The next West End smash hit?



  1. Oh dear god…
    Did the Senna family approve this or something?

  2. This is surreal. I’m a Senna fan, but I dont see how this going to work. (if its actually true).

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