EMILY PRESCOTT: Tara Newley unearthed a lost musical masterpiece from her late father Anthony

EMILY PRESCOTT: Tara Newley, daughter of Joan Collins, unearthed a lost musical masterpiece from her late father Anthony

Talk about life by imitating art…here is a perfect example. Tara Newley, daughter of 60s singer Anthony Newley and movie legend Joan Collins, has unearthed a lost musical masterpiece from her father.

The man who wrote the score for the 1971 film Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory and co-wrote the classic song Feeling Good was working on a musical about King Richard III when he died aged 67 in 1999.

And it was Richard III, of course, who himself was unearthed in 2012…under a Leicester car park.

Tara Newley, pictured with her parents, Joan Collins, left, and Tony discovered a lost musical masterpiece from her late father who wrote the score for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Tara is the first child of screen legend Joan Collins and her first husband Tony Newley

Tara is the first child of screen legend Joan Collins and her first husband Tony Newley

Theater producer Tara, 58, tells me reviving her father's musical has become a

Theater producer Tara, 58, tells me reviving her father’s musical has now become an ‘obsession’

Theater producer Tara, 58, tells me that reviving her father’s musical has become an “obsession”.

“I became curious about this a few years ago when I had to fly to America with my other siblings to update dad’s contracts. I saw Richard III on his catalog and I began to wonder what had happened to him.

Tara was a new mother when her father died. “I think now looking for his last words and his music has been a way to grieve and connect with him,” she explains.

But her hunt for the manuscript was made difficult by Covid restrictions, as she could not return to America, and many of her father’s former colleagues had also died.

Eventually, Tara’s fortunes changed when her father’s agent’s secretary called to say she’d found the manuscript deep in an old filing cabinet. “There was a cover with pictures of dad on the front in medieval dress. It was like he was winking at me. I was thrilled,” says Tara.

‘Mom knows. She thinks it’s good that I’m working with him from beyond the grave.

She staged the first performance of the play, a musical called Digging Up Dick, referencing how the King’s body was found, and has its sights set on the West End.

Blackadder writer Ben Elton promised to share a champagne toast with her on opening night!

Good day Branson!

Richard Branson clearly has an ego to match his gigantic bank balance. The billionaire celebrated his 72nd birthday with a “Richard Branson through the Ages” party aboard one of his Virgin Voyage ships.

Guests, who showed up in a variety of Branson-inspired outfits — from flight attendants to astronauts — could even wear masks of his face. Richard’s musician son Sam, 37 – above, just with his father and sister Holly, 40 – performed a song called Sympathy For The Legend which he wrote as a tribute

And just in case anyone didn’t know it was his big day, Branson announced that “some smart person” had created an Instagram filter with a caricature of himself for fans to download.

Richard's musician son Sam, 37, just with his dad and sister Holly, 40, performed a song called Sympathy For The Legend which he wrote as a tribute.

Richard’s musician son Sam, 37 – above right with his father and sister Holly, 40 – performed a song called Sympathy For The Legend which he wrote as a tribute

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