The life of Cilla Black is set to be turned into a West End musical.
Cilla, who died earlier this month at her home in Spain, had meetings with theatre producers and had given her blessing for the production to go ahead before her death, her agent has confirmed.
The singer and TV star was "thrilled and excited" about the idea, Nick Fiveash said.
"Her manager, son Robert Willis, had been in continuous talks with a West End producer regarding early stages of planning, but obviously these are now on hold for the time being," he said.
The rags-to-riches tale will focus on Cilla’s rise from cloakroom attendant at Liverpool’s Cavern Club to showbiz legend.
An industry source told The Sun: “Cilla had a meeting with producers interested in turning her life story into a musical.
“She had actually granted them permission but it wasn’t the right time.
“Now people are swarming around the rights.”
A verdict of accidental death was recorded by Andre Rebello during a 15-minute hearing at Liverpool Coroner's Court.
Meanwhile, people are being urged to line the streets of Liverpool when the entertainer is laid to rest this Thursday (20 August).
The funeral for the 72-year-old star will take place at St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Liverpool.
Cilla’s spokesman Nick Fiveash called for fans to 'come out and remember her' on the day of her funeral.
He told The Mirror: “It is a Catholic church so it will be a proper mass and service. One would hope people would want to come out and remember her. We will encourage people to do that.”