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Andrew Lloyd Webber Looking For A Good Elvis

April 11th, 2007 4:47pm EDT
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Andrew Lloyd Webber is looking for a few good Elvises to play the role of Pharoah in his upcoming London revival of Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The theatre impresario and his fellow producers feel that an Elvis Presley impersonator will add freshness to the role.

In a posting on the upcoming production's website, producers insist the impersonators "must be able to sing and dance in the Elvis style".

Auditions will be held tomorrow at London's Adelphi Theatre.

Previews of the show will begin on July 6 and the musical will open at the Adelphi Theatre on July 18....
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Andrew Lloyd Webber Abandons 'The Master and Margarita' Project

March 27th, 2007 9:35am EDT
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Andrew Lloyd Webber has abandoned his long-held plans to compose a musical based on controversial novel The Master and Margarita. Lloyd Webber had hoped to adapt Mikhail Bulgakov's book, but has now decided the Russian novel is too dense to be turned into a musical.

He says, "I've decided it's un-doable. It's just too difficult for an audience to contemplate. It's a very complicated novel."

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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Andrew Lloyd Webber Blames Himself For Fisher's Illness

March 22nd, 2007 10:14am EDT
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Music impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber has taken the blame for The Sound Of Music star Connie Fisher's recent vocal injury.

Fisher, who was cast in the role of Maria after winning British TV talent show "How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?" last year, recently returned to the London stage show after taking two weeks off due to illness.

And Lloyd Webber, who produces the show, admits Fisher's illness was essentially his fault.

He says, "I blame myself - she had an injury to one of the muscles in her throat.

"Connie made one mistake. She did 98 performances on the trot, e...
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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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Louis Walsh Given New Show In UK That Will Compete With Simon Cowell's 'X Factor'

March 20th, 2007 10:35am EDT
Simon Cowell
Irish music mogul Louis Walsh has landed a role on forthcoming BBC talent show Any Dream Will Do - just weeks after Simon Cowell sacked him as judge from British TV talent show "The X Factor".

Walsh, who sat on the judging panel alongside Cowell and Sharon Osbourne for the ITV program, recently accused Cowell of "stabbing" him in the back for axing him from the hit show.

But Walsh was quickly snapped up by the BBC to work on their own TV talent show, which features young hopefuls auditioning for the lead role in Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical, "Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dr...
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Scarlett Johansson May Star On Broadway

March 14th, 2007 2:45pm EDT
Scarlett Johansson
Hollywood beauty Scarlett Johansson is reportedly in talks to star in a New York City production of South Pacific. The Nanny Diaries star is one of the actresses being considered for the role of US Navy nurse Nellie Forbush in a revival of the musical at the Lincoln Center, which is scheduled to open in January 2008.

Director Bartlett Sher is currently arranging auditions for the musical to take place next month, with Russian tenor Dimitri Hvorovstovsky said to be in line for the role of plantation owner Emile De Becque, reports the New York Post. A production source tells the Post, "...
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Andrew Lloyd Webber Announces Plans for 'Phantom of the Opera' Sequel

March 10th, 2007 6:00pm EST
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Andrew Lloyd Webber has confirmed he's writing a sequel to his hit musical "The Phantom of the Opera." The award-winning composer and impresario has announced the new production will be set in New York on a recent video blog. He says, "I will do 'The Phantom of the Opera' sequel, and have met with a couple of people... who persuaded me to do it, who I will not reveal... I can reveal it will be set in New York."

But Lloyd Webber has more pressing immediate matters on his hands before revisiting the story of Christine and The Phantom - his son Nick gets married later today. The compose...
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Andrew Lloyd Webber Wants A Black Joseph

March 6th, 2007 7:00pm EST
Andrew Lloyd Webber
British composer Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber is determined to cast a black actor in the title role of his hit musical Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Lloyd Webber will attempt to find his next stage star on UK TV reality talent search Any Dream Will Do, and believes altering the currently narrow ethnic scope of the play "would be fabulous".

He says, "It's got to be multicultural in every way. I do think - particularly with a rock musical - it would be thrilling if we found a fabulous, gorgeous black Joseph. It would be fabulous."

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Fascinating Facts

February 16th, 2007 1:00am EST
Drew Barrymore & Hugh Grant in Music & Lyrics
Drew Barrymore bought Hugh Grant an electric piano as a wrap gift after the couple had finished shooting Music & Lyrics together. As a child, Grant, who actually plays the piano in the film, was taught by Andrew Lloyd Webber's mother.

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby's six-year-old Dandie Dinmont terrier, Harry - named after British royal Prince Harry - has won Best of Breed at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York City.

Former Frasier star Peri Gilpin will play Patricia Arquette's mother in an upcoming episode of hit TV show Medium.

Burt Reynolds' 1972 Cosmopolitan n...
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Jessica Simpson Asks To Be Edited From Dolly Parton Tribute

December 22nd, 2006 8:25am EST
Jessica Simpson
Jessica Simpson has asked producers to pull her portion of a tribute to Dolly Parton at the Kennedy Center Honors out of the upcoming televised show. Simpson drew unwanted attention earlier this month when she flubbed the words to Parton's song "9 TO 5" during a taping and grew flustered and fled the stage.

Producers gave her a second chance to sing the song, but after she saw a tape, she requested that the second attempt be pulled from the show, which airs on December 26 on CBS.

Simpson's spokeswoman, Cindi Berger says, "She really wasn't happy with her performance and she did ...
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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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Paper Apologizes To Andrew Lloyd Webber

October 15th, 2006 12:00pm EDT
Andrew Lloyd Webber
British newspaper The Independent has issued an apology to musical giant Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, after it claimed his reality TV show How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? was fixed.

The paper claimed the outcome of the talent contest to find Maria for the West End production of The Sound Of Music had been decided by Lloyd Webber long before the show began, and that the impresario had shown favouritism towards eventual winner Connie Fisher.

The paper said, "We would like to make it clear that our article "How do you solve a problem like Maria? Not with a TV show" did not mean ...
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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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Get the Entire Andrew Lloyd Webber Catalog Online

August 14th, 2006 11:13am EDT
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Musical theatre supremo Andrew Lloyd Webber has made his entire catalogue available for downloading on the internet. Lloyd-Webber admits he prefers to keep his own music collection on vinyl, but he recognizes the need to enter the digital age and has sealed a $5.55 million deal with industry giant Universal Music.

The British songwriter has an extensive collection of titles and has sold more than 30 million singles and albums since 1970. He says, "I am delighted to announce these significant deals and thrilled that my entire catalogue can now be downloaded. I say this although the bul...
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Scarlett Johansson Denies Making Big Demands for 'Sound of Music'

July 28th, 2006 1:44pm EDT
Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson has dismissed claims she lost out on a part in the London stage revival of The Sound Of Music because of outrageous Hollywood demands. Theatre impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber claims he handpicked Johansson for the part of Maria Von Trapp, but axed her when she made ridiculous requests of his West End team.

But Johansson's publicist Marcel Parisbeau says, "It is true that there were some discussions regarding Scarlett and the production of 'The Sound of Music.' But Mr. Webber's statement regarding the demands is extremely exaggerated. Her management team was simply as...
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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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Celebrity Snippets: Sean Bean, James Franco & More

January 26th, 2006 11:19am EST
Sean Bean
* Sean Bean is considering trading in blockbuster movies for a bit part in a British TV soap opera. The actor is keen to follow in his Lord of the Rings co-star Ian McKellen's footsteps by appearing in long-running ITV1 show Coronation Street. He says, "I do like Coronation Street. Sir Ian McKellen was on that, wasn't he? Maybe I could do that. (I could be) the milkman!" And the producers of the soap opera would be delighted to sign up Bean: "That is fantastic! Sean is a good, solid northern actor and would be brilliant.

* Co-stars Tyrese Gibson and James Franco were fighting for re...
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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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