Pop beauty Britney Spears wants to swap her chart career for a role on the stage - as the lead star in a musical.

The ME AGAINST THE MUSIC singer - who made a critically panned movie debut in CROSSROADS last year (02) - is hoping to expand her skills into other areas of showbusiness and favours a role on the Broadway or West End stage.

She enthuses, "I'd love to do a musical. I was on Broadway in RUTHLESS when I was younger. And Natalie Portman, who's one of my best friends, was my understudy."

12/12/2003 13:40