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Andrew Lloyd Webber Considers Bringing 'Cats' To Big Screen As Show Returns To London Stage

July 8th, 2014 12:17pm EDT
Webber, Nunn, Lynne and Cats cast members
Legendary composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is considering adapting his popular stage musical "Cats" for the big screen.

Webber was accompanied by director Trevor Nunn and choreographer Gillian Lynne in London on Monday to announce the show's return to the city's West End theater district later this year. The show will debut at the London Palladium in December following a 12-year hiatus.

During a press event on Monday, Webber said that while "Cats" is the most likely of his productions to get a cinematic adaptation, there are also others that could follow.

"Yes I think it's very possible that...
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Singer Sarah Brightman To Be Next Space Tourist

October 10th, 2012 11:38am EDT
Sarah Brightman
British singer Sarah Brightman is to travel into outer space.

The classical singer, who was once married to theatre impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber, will become the eighth civilian to visit the International Space Station after she undertakes a six-month training program in Moscow, Russia next year.

Brightman is even hoping to achieve her dream of performing a song while orbiting Earth.

She told a press conference on Wednesday, "I am planning to become a space flight participant... My journey is about realizing aims and dreams. (I would like to) sing a song from space."
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Andrew Lloyd Webber Undergoes Hip Surgery

January 22nd, 2012 2:00pm EST
Andrew Lloyd Webber
theater impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber feels like a new man after undergoing hip replacement surgery.

The British composer, who has previously overcome a battle with prostate cancer, had a hip resurfacing several weeks ago, which replaces damaged parts in the hip joint with metal implants in a bid to combat arthritis.

And now the operation has been completed successfully, Lloyd Webber is ecstatic with the results.

The 63 year old tells Britain's Daily Mail newspaper, "I feel so much better. The best thing is that now I can exercise again, I can go swimming, which I love.

"I was putting ...
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007 Was Based On Andrew Lloyd Webber's Father-In-Law

December 31st, 2011 11:30am EST
Quatum of Solace
Ian Fleming based his James Bond character on composer Andrew Lloyd Webber's former father-in-law.

The theatre impresario's TV personality daughter Imogen has revealed the writer drew inspiration for his superspy from her grandfather.

She says, "He's based on my mother's father. He served under Ian Fleming in the war in naval intelligence, and my grandfather is one of the men James Bond is based upon. It's a very cool claim to fame."
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Nicole Scherzinger To Play Mary Magdalene In 'Jesus Christ Superstar' Movie?

November 1st, 2011 8:44am EDT
Nicole Scherzinger
Nicole Scherzinger is reportedly in talks to play Mary Magdalene in a new big screen adaptation of hit musical Jesus Christ Superstar.

The pop star and TV talent show judge is being lined up to play Jesus' female disciple in a re-imagining of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's rock opera, which was made into a film in 1973.

Scherzinger has been in negotiations with Webber since earlier this year after falling in love with the music, according to Britain's Sun.

A source tells the publication, "Nicole is a big fan of the songs and was desperate to be involved. She can sing and dance equ...
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2010 Year In Entertainment Review: January

January 1st, 2011 9:08am EST
Josh Duhamel
2010 was an incredible year in the world of showbiz, with the usual headline-grabbing antics, scandal, sleaze, celebrity births, star weddings, and bitter break-ups.

Here, WENN takes a look back at 2010...

January

Matthew McConaughey became the first new celebrity dad of 2010 when he and Camila Alves welcomed baby Vida into the world, but they weren't the only couple celebrating births. Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell experienced the joys of fatherhood all over again, while supermodel Claudia Schiffer and actress Monica Bellucci were bursting with excitement after announcing their pregnan...
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99 Song Four CD Box Set Spans Dolly Parton's Spectacular Career

October 14th, 2009 6:58pm EDT
Dolly Parton CD Box Set
If the image of Dolly Parton was indeed to be carved in stone atop a great mountain in her native East Tennessee hills, it would be a worthy honor among the hundreds of honors and awards she has already received - for her accomplishments over the past 50 years as a singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, worldwide touring artist, Hollywood actor and TV personality, Broadway entrepreneur, author, amusement theme park owner, celebrated philanthropist, and more.

Not the least of those accomplishments is her litany of hit songs and signature compositions spanning five distinct decades...
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Tim Rice Set For Walk Of Fame Honor

November 16th, 2008 4:00pm EST
The Lion King
Acclaimed British songwriter Tim Rice is to be honored with the 2,375th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Oscar winner Rice will be inducted into the famous Tinseltown landmark by Disney Studios chairman Dick Cook on November 20.

Rice has contributed lyrics to hit Disney movies Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King - and was named a Disney Legend in 2002 - but he enjoyed much of his success with theater impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The two Brits first teamed up to pen the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in the late 1960s.

As lyricist behind...
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Seven Ways To Fix 'American Idol'

May 19th, 2008 8:47am EDT
American Idol
Lopping off 30 minutes is a start, but isn't nearly enough. At FOX's up-fronts last week, the network's executives made the startling announcement that "American Idol's" results show will be limited to a half-hour next season. A great cheer rose up from "Idol" nation at the news, as this will surely limit the time for ex-contestants pretending to have music careers on the nation's biggest show.

Of course, this news was met with a drop of cynicism. Lisa de Moraes of The Washington Post wrote that FOX's announcement of the time reduction was simply the executives' "way of reminding us ...
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The Cineplexes Are Alive With The Sound Of Music: The Return Of The Movie Musical

May 6th, 2008 8:30am EDT
Hairspray
On April 22's episode of American Idol, renowned composer and lyricist Andrew Lloyd Weber stood patiently trying to teach a blank-eyed Jason Castro the song, "Memory" from one of history's most popular musicals, "Cats." Smiled the clueless Castro, "I didn't even know a cat was singing it."

Quell'horror! Is this the extent of musical theater knowledge possessed by today's generation? In fairness, Castro is from Texas, not exactly around the corner from Broadway. Perhaps had there been a big-screen version of "Cats," more people under the age of 30 would be hip to the magic and majesty...
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Amanda Overmyer Is Eliminated From The 'American Idol' Competition

March 20th, 2008 10:41am EDT
American Idol
Finalist Amanda Overmyer was eliminated last night from the American Idol competition after she received the fewest votes. On Tuesday's performance show, Overmyer, 23, from Mulberry, IN, sang "Back in the U.S.S.R."

Ryan Seacrest also announced that music superstars Mariah Carey, Dolly Parton, Neil Diamond and Andrew Lloyd Webber will be mentors this season.

On Tuesday, March 25 (8:00-9:30 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), the Top 10 finalists (Brooke White, Carly Smithson, Chikezie, David Archuleta, David Cook, Jason Castro, Kristy Lee Cook, Michael Johns, Ramiele Malubay and Syesha M...
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Debut EP From 'Phantom Of The Opera' Star Emmy Rossum Released

August 2nd, 2007 7:00pm EDT
Emmy Rossum
Geffen Records is proud to present the debut EP from Emmy Rossum (The Phantom of the Opera, Mystic River, The Day After Tomorrow, Poseidon).

"This music is who I am," says 20-year-old Emmy Rossum of her self-titled debut on Geffen Records. "In the movies, I've always felt like one piece of the puzzle. But this is all me. It's my baby. I get to write, direct and star. And that's the most fulfilling thing. It's everything I've always wanted to do. This music is so close to me. It's something new… You can't categorize it."

With a Golden Globe nomination for her performance as Christ...
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VH1 To Air 'Concert For Diana' Live On July 1

June 7th, 2007 9:59am EDT
Elton John
VH1 joins Princes William and Harry in commemorating the life of their mother, the late Diana, Princess of Wales, with the "Concert for Diana," broadcast live from Wembley Stadium on her birthday Sunday, July 1, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. EDT and 8:00 a.m. PDT.

Music fans will be able to enjoy the concert across a variety of VH1 platforms. The 6-hour concert will be broadcast live in its entirety on VH1, be streamed live on VH1.com and be simulcast on MHD: Music High-Definition, MTV Network's high-definition music channel. The concert will also air on VH1 Classic starting one hour after the li...
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Celebrity Birthdays, March 22

March 22nd, 2007 3:00am EDT
Reese Witherspoon
"Walk the Line" star Reese Witherspoon (1976), "Into the West" star Matthew Modine (1959), actress/singer Stephanie Mills (1957), Swedish actress Lena Olin (1956), British composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (1948), jazz guitarist George Benson (1943), Swiss actor Bruno Ganz (1941), British singer/songwriter Roger Whittaker (1936), character M. Emmet Walsh (1935), "Star Trek" captain William Shatner (1931), American composer Stephen Sondheim (1930), French mime Marcel Marceau (1923), "The Streets of San Francisco" star Karl Malden (1912), and Marx Brother Chico Marx (1887; d. 1961).
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CBS Announces Holiday-Themed Programs

November 11th, 2006 9:00am EST
The annual Christmastime visits of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman as well as the network television premiere of the hit theatrical comedy Elf, starring Will Ferrell, highlight CBS's festive holiday programming.

In addition to the yuletide animated classics, CBS will present the holiday specials "The 8th Annual A Home For The Holidays," featuring various musical performances, and "The 29th Annual Kennedy Center Honors," honoring Andrew Lloyd Webber, Zubin Mehta, Dolly Parton, Smokey Robinson and Steven Spielberg.

CBS will also present holiday-themed episodes ...
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Win Sarah Brightman's New DVD "Diva: The Video Collection"

October 24th, 2006 12:37pm EDT
Diva
Enter this contest for a chance to win one of two copies of Sarah Brightman's new DVD: "Diva: The Video Collection," the companion to her latest album, "Diva: The Singles Collection."

Diva: The Singles Collection, Sarah Brightman's seventh Angel/EMI album, arrived in stores October 3, twenty years after her stage and recording debut in the original British production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera, the most successful and longest running musical production in history, where she created the role of Christine.

Diva: The Singles Collection is the most comprehensive rel...
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Sarah Brightman's "Diva: The Singles Collection" and "Diva: The Video Collection" Now Available

October 10th, 2006 5:04pm EDT
Sarah Brightman
Diva: The Singles Collection, Sarah Brightman's seventh Angel/EMI album, arrived in stores October 3, twenty years after her stage and recording debut in the original British production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera, the most successful and longest running musical production in history, where she created the role of Christine.

Diva: The Singles Collection is the most comprehensive release of Ms. Brightman's career, charting her musical accomplishments through 14 stellar tracks ranging from Phantom of the Opera (1986) to her worldwide smash hit "Time to Say Goodbye" (due...
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Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Divas" Features His Most Popular Songs Performed By Sarah Brightman, Madonna, Minnie Driver and More

September 27th, 2006 1:02pm EDT
Divas
The name Andrew Lloyd Webber is synonymous with Broadway magic. He is the brilliant composer behind some of the most successful musicals such as Cats, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Phantom of the Opera and Sunset Boulevard to name a few. Now available for the first time anywhere, Divas is a collection of some of his best songs performed some of the biggest names in music including Sarah Brightman, Betty Buckley, Glenn Close, Minnie Driver, Patti Lupone, Madonna and Barbra Streisand among others. The compilation hit stores September 26 on Decca Broadway Records.

Andrew Lloyd Webbe...
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Steven Spielberg, Dolly Parton & Others To Receive Kennedy Center Honors

September 7th, 2006 12:27pm EDT
Dolly Parton
Musical theater composer and producer Andrew Lloyd Webber; conductor Zubin Mehta; country singer and songwriter Dolly Parton; singer, songwriter and producer Smokey Robinson; and film director and producer Steven Spielberg will receive honors for the year 2006, at “The 29th Annual Kennedy Center Honors” to be presented on Sunday, Dec. 3 and broadcast on CBS later that month.

The 2006 Honorees will be saluted by stars from the world of the performing arts at a gala performance in the Kennedy Center's Opera House, which will be attended by President and Mrs. Bush and by artists from arou...
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Celebrity Birthdays, March 22

March 22nd, 2006 3:04am EST
Reese Witherspoon
Oscar-winner ("Walk the Line") Reese Witherspoon (1976), "Into the West" star Matthew Modine (1959), actress/singer Stephanie Mills (1957), Swedish actress Lena Olin (1956), British composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (1948), jazz guitarist George Benson (1943), Swiss actor Bruno Ganz (1941), British singer/songwriter Roger Whittaker (1936), character M. Emmet Walsh (1935), "Star Trek" captain William Shatner (1931), American composer Stephen Sondheim (1930), French mime Marcel Marceau (1923), "The Streets of San Francisco" star Karl Malden (1912), and Marx Brother Chico Marx (1887; d. 1961).
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Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Evita' Coming Back To London

January 31st, 2006 3:25pm EST
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Celebrated composer Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber will stage a new production of his hit musical Evita in London's West End in June 2006. The lead part of Eva Peron, wife of Argentine leader Juan Peron, will be played by Argentine singer and actress Elena Roger.

Lord Lloyd-Webber, who co-wrote the show with Tim Rice, feels the time is right to update the hit musical because "there is so much more music available to us now".

He adds, "One of the reasons I felt I wanted to be involved in the production was to relook at the orchestration."

Lord Lloyd-Webber, who also worked with Rice ...
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Cameron Diaz a Top Pick for 'The Sound of Music' Remake

December 1st, 2005 9:07am EST
Cameron Diaz
Cameron Diaz is Julie Andrews' top choice to play nun Maria in a remake of classic musical The Sound Of Music. Andrews, who played Maria in the popular movie, says the blonde beauty would be perfect as the singing nun tasked with caring for the seven Von Trapp children. The pair grew close while providing voices for animated movie Shrek 3, and Julie says she would love Cameron to take over her famous role in a theatrical version of the film.

The 70-year-old star was asked who she would like to see play Maria at a question-and-answer session to mark the musical movie's 40th anniversary....
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Sarah Brightman Drops Second Disc of Stage Tunes

November 1st, 2005 12:30pm EST
Sarah Brightman
Sarah Brightman is one of the all time best selling recording artists. Her albums continually dominate the Billboard Charts and her CD sales have exploded into the millions. With sold-out concerts and the media consistently covering her every move, Brightman's profile remains as hot as ever.

The Sarah Brightman/Andrew Lloyd Webber collaboration is one of the most successful in music history. All of the songs on this album are by musical theater legend Andrew Lloyd Webber and bear his unmistakable high quality stamp. Brightman performs them with an ease and perfection of few other...
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