Spanish singer-songwriter Camilo Sesto dies at 72
MADRID (AP) — Spanish singer and songwriter Camilo Sesto, a popular star in the 1970s and 1980s, has died of heart failure. He was 72.
Sesto's manager, Eduardo Guervós, confirmed his death...
Madame Tussauds celebrates a bit of Broadway on Broadway
NEW YORK (AP) — On the ninth floor of the Madame Tussauds building in New York, they've built a little piece of Broadway.
A new permanent immersive attraction opened Tuesday that offers...
Humble home becomes museum and shrine to Argentina’s Evita
LOS TOLDOS, Argentina (AP) — How did an Argentine child who was raised poor, barely educated and scorned as illegitimate become one of the most famous women in modern history?
Universal brings ‘Cats,’ ‘Hobbs & Shaw,’ more to CinemaCon
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Universal Pictures previewed a diverse slate of offerings from "Cats" to "Hobbs & Shaw" Wednesday morning at CinemaCon, the annual trade convention where exhibitors and...
John Legend, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice now EGOT winners
NEW YORK (AP) — NBC's live version of "Jesus Christ Superstar" won an Emmy Award on Sunday and that made three men extra happy — it meant star John Legend, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice joined the elite squad of EGOT winners.
The musical's win for best live variety special united Legend, Lloyd Webber and Rice with Emmys to go along with their Tonys, Grammys and Oscars — the four biggest prizes in show business.
Choreographer Gillian Lynne of ‘Cats’ fame dies at age 92.
LONDON (AP) — Choreographer Gillian Lynne, who worked closely for many years with composer Andrew Lloyd Webber on some of his most famous works, has died in London. She was 92.
Her husband, the actor Peter Land, said on Twitter that she died Sunday evening at the Princess Grace Hospital. He said she "leaves behind a huge legacy and is adored by many." Land said he was "heartbroken" at the loss of the woman who had been his friend and his love for 40 years.
John Leguizamo praises pioneering theater ‘at the forefront of change’
Bruce Springsteen to perform at Sunday’s Tony Award telecast
NEW YORK (AP) — The Boss will be among the headliners at the Tony Awards telecast on Sunday.
Producers of the show said Wednesday that Bruce Springsteen will perform at Radio City Music Hall in addition to receiving a special Tony for his ongoing show "Springsteen on Broadway."
Andrew Lloyd Webber weighs in on Tony Awards favorite
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Andrew Lloyd Webber has written some of the most successful stage musicals of all time. So, when he weighs in on the year's Tony contenders, announced earlier this week, it's time to listen.
"I'm very interested that 'The Band's Visit' has been celebrated," commented the composer of the best-musical winners "Cats," ''The Phantom of the Opera" and "Sunset Boulevard."
Andrew Lloyd Webber a big fan of Tony-nominated musical ‘The Band’s Visit’
Opus II String Orchestra will perform April 29 in Trafford
The Opus II String Orchestra will perform an April 29 concert in Trafford featuring music chosen by some of its graduating seniors.
The final concert of the season will feature familiar pieces including music from Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Phantom of the Opera," Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody," and newer pieces such as "Ever After," by senior Sebastian Pratt.
Young musicians from all over the east suburbs perform with Opus II, which provides performance opportunities as well as instruction.
Scottdale group takes advantage of revived interest in ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’
There's renewed interest this Easter season for "Jesus Christ Superstar," the 1970 rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice that retells the Bible's account of the last week of Jesus' life.
Grammy Award-winning singer John Legend will take on the title role in a live concert version of "Superstar" to be televised at 8 p.m. April 1 on NBC.
‘The Crossing’ and ‘The Last O.G.’ among top TV viewing choices (videos)
'The Crossing' and 'The Last O.G.' among top TV viewing choices (videos)
CLEVELAND, Ohio - The week's top viewing choices include a live musical, a network science-fiction thriller and a cable comedy:
The stormy, surprising history of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’
On Easter Sunday, NBC will air a live broadcast of “Jesus Christ Superstar” featuring John Legend, Alice Cooper and other contemporary pop culture luminaries.
But the musical by composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice has been around for almost 50 years and has a long production history that has been both triumphant and troubled.
So what’s the back story on this British import being revisited and reimagined on television Sunday night?
Teigen talks Beyonce’s bite, ‘Roseanne’ and her social media
NEW YORK (AP) — Chrissy Teigen says she's nervous about John Legend's performance in "Jesus Christ Superstar Live" on Sunday, but it's not about what you might think.
Legend leads a cast that includes Sara Bareilles and Alice Cooper in the NBC version of the rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. ("Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert" airs at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT.)
Teigen says her husband needs frequent bathroom breaks during concerts and may not be prepared for a three-hour live show.
John Legend headlines ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ Easter special
John Legend (born John Stephens), a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in English, is a 10-time Grammy winner, as well as the recipient of a Tony Award, a Golden Globe, an NAACP Image Award, and an Academy Award. Even so, he will face what is arguably his biggest career challenge to date when he stars in NBC’s Easter Sunday presentation of “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert,” airing at 8 p.m. on April 1.
For live ‘Jesus Christ Superstar,’ NBC turns to a Legend
NEW YORK (AP) — Most Easter Sundays, you can find John Legend at home, helping cook a big dinner for family and friends. Except this Easter. He'll be a little busy — being Jesus Christ in front of millions.
Legend leads a cast that includes Sara Bareilles and Alice Cooper in a live NBC version of the rock opera "Jesus Christ Superstar" by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.
Time Warp, 1975: Scranton Embraces ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’
Dec. 17, 1975: As Scrantonians prepared to celebrate the birth of Jesus, some 1,800 people took time to experience a rock opera dealing with his death.
The tour of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s iconic rock musical, came to the city’s Masonic Temple for one night only. The show starred Robert Corff as Jesus, Thomas Young as Judas, Prissy Lancaster as Mary Magdalene, William Stenson as Caiaphas and Alan Martin as King Herod.
‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ Bridgeport Cabaret’s next musical
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1970 rock opera “Jesus Christ Superstar,” a longtime favorite with audiences around the world, returns to the stage of the Downtown Cabaret Theatre Friday, March 16, through Sunday, April 8.
Lana Del Rey released a faithful cover of Madonna 's piano ballad "You Must Love Me" on Monday. The song originally appeared on the Evita soundtrack in 1996.
"You Must Love Me," penned by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, was a top 20 hit in the U.S. in 1996, selling over 500,000 copies and taking home the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
Andrew Lloyd Webber, turning 70, looks back and forward
NEW YORK (AP) — Andrew Lloyd Webber's 70th birthday is coming up and it turns out there is something the composer really wants on his special day. More work.
The man behind such blockbuster shows as "Cats," ''The Phantom of the Opera" and "School of Rock" has shows in London's West End, Broadway and on tour, but he'd like to be composing another one.
Andrew Lloyd Webber to be honoured with Live at Chelsea concert
Live at Chelsea will stage a musical celebration of Andrew Lloyd Webber in June this year.
The open-air concert series in the London district of Chelsea has announced it will this year be hosting a celebratory show in honour of the iconic composer at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, as part of the ongoing celebrations for his 70th birthday this year.
Andrew Lloyd Webber contemplated committing suicide
Andrew Lloyd Webber contemplated committing suicide at the height of his depression.
The 69-year-old composer has opened up about his struggles in his new memoir 'Unmasked', revealing he considered taking his own life more than once as he battled with a number of health issues, including prostate cancer in 2009 and severe back pain.
He wrote: "It was absolute agony and utterly despairing. I did think of suicide. It was so painful. I couldn't sleep and you go on thinking about it.
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‘Love Never Dies’: ‘Phantom of the Opera’ sequel has haunting power of its own (review)
'Love Never Dies': 'Phantom of the Opera' sequel has haunting power of its own (review)
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Did the world need a "Phantom of the Opera" theatrical sequel?
I'd lean toward "no." Not because I don't like "Phantom," but rather because the story is complete as is ... not to mention one of the most perfect musicals of the last 30 years (and the longest-running show in Broadway history).
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Love Never Dies’: For conductors, pleasing the composer is a labor of love
Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Love Never Dies': For conductors, pleasing the composer is a labor of love
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- It was one of those make-or-break moments for Dale Rieling. The stuff of anxiety dreams you can never wake from fast enough.
It was this past October in Detroit, the day of the official opening of the U.S. tour of "Love Never Dies," the sequel to "The Phantom of the Opera."
Childish Gambino, Lady Gaga to perform at Grammy Awards
NEW YORK (AP) — Childish Gambino, Lady Gaga, Little Big Town and Pink will perform at the 60th Grammy Awards, which will also feature Broadway musical tributes by Patti LuPone and Ben Platt in honor of the show's return to New York City.
The Recording Academy announced Thursday the first round of performers for the Jan. 28 awards show, held live from Madison Square Garden.
The ‘Phantom’s’ story continues in ‘Love Never Dies’
The mysterious masked "Phantom of the Opera," last seen at the Paris Opera House before his disappearance in Andrew Lloyd Webber's megahit musical, resurfaces 10 years later among the colorful carnival sideshow characters of Coney Island, N.Y., in "Love Never Dies," the show's sequel.
Music takes Bobby Hill from the pope to the Perelman
Philadelphia residents may remember the excitement and anticipation of Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia in 2015 for the World Meeting of Families Festival. Many may also remember a magical moment when the sound of a pure, angelic child’s voice, raised in song, calmed the chaos on the crowded Benjamin Franklin Parkway and, via television, captivated a global audience.
‘Phantom’ challenge: How do you get the crowd to empathize with a creep?
Sure, hes a maniac, a murderer and a boorish interrupter of performances. But, according to the men who don his mask, The Phantom of the Opera is also a human being.
Final performances of WSCU’s “Evita” this weekend in Danbury
DANBURY - Final performances of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rock opera “Evita” by Western Connecticut State University are planned Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the university’s performing arts center on the west side.
Weekend show times are 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. Sunday at the Visual and Performing Arts Center, 43 Lake Avenue Extension.
A dreamer finds purpose in a world of ‘Technicolor’
The biblical musical of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” is not told with church hymns but country-western music, calypso and rock ’n’ roll.
The Actors Cabaret of Eugene will close its 39th season with “Joseph,” a musical for all ages.
Derrick Davis dynamic in ‘The Phantom of the Opera’
Celebrating its 30th anniversary on Jan. 26, 2018, and seen by more than 140 million people, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera,” winner of seven Tony Awards and the longest-running show in Broadway history, is playing at the Academy of Music through Nov. 12.
Andrew Lloyd Webber is ready to write his own story
NEW YORK (AP) — The composer behind such iconic stage stories as "The Phantom of the Opera," ''Evita" and "Cats" is ready to tell his own.
Andrew Lloyd Webber plans to release his autobiography "Unmasked" on March 6, which loosely coincides with his 70th birthday on March 22. While there have been plenty of books about the composer, this will be the first he's written.
Waterbury’s Palace Theater hosts ‘Phantom of the Opera’ for 16 performances
Waterbury will be greeting a recharged “Phantom of the Opera” next week, and affable Houston native Jordan Craig is happily providing a nightly spark as the Phantom’s rival, Raoul.
Derrick Davis is The Phantom of the Opera
Bobbi Booker TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
The musical “Phantom of the Opera” was born when English composer Andrew Lloyd Webber found a second-hand copy of the original, long-out-of-print French novel in the 1980s.
Andrew Lloyd Webber talks ‘Love,’ ‘Phantom’
An energized, enthusiastic Andrew Lloyd Webber spoke Thursday about the importance of music in education, about how deeply he cares about the characters in his "Phantom of the Opera," and of course about "Love Never Dies," which had its North American premier Tuesday night at the Fisher Theatre.
Oh, and the composer of "Jesus Christ Superstar," "Evita," Cats" and so many other works wanted to know how to get to Motown.
Watertown High School to perform ‘Joseph’ musical Nov. 10-12
The cast of Watertown High School's fall musical has been selected and is well into the rehearsal process.
Over 80 onstage performers, 23 instrumentalists and other behind-the-scenes students will perform "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" in the WHS auditorium Friday, Nov. 10, and Saturday, Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m. and a matinee on Sunday, Nov. 12, at 3 p.m.
Who’s who of celebrities attend Springsteen show premiere
NEW YORK (AP) — There was no official red carpet, but opening night arrivals for Bruce Springsteen's Broadway show included a who's who of A-list celebrities.
Christian Family Theater presents “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”
Christian Family Theater is very excited to bring their 2017 multi-generational production to the stage at the Ringgold Colonnade this Summer. "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" is one of the most endearing shows of all time by Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber.
"Joseph" is an irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel's favorite son, found in the book of Genesis.
Ed Victor, literary agent for Clapton, Richards, dead at 77
NEW YORK (AP) — Ed Victor, an A-list literary agent whose colorful personality was well-matched by such clients as Keith Richards, Eric Clapton and Andrew Lloyd Webber, has died.
Victor died Wednesday in London of a heart attack, according to Charlie Brotherstone, an agent at Ed Victor Ltd. Victor was 77 and had been battling leukemia.
NBC to air ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ live next Easter Sunday
NBC is adding another live musical to its slate.
The network said Wednesday that it will air the rock opera "Jesus Christ Superstar" on Easter Sunday 2018.
The musical's creators, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, are among the executive producers of "Jesus Christ Superstar Live!"
Elton John to help develop animated ‘Technicolor Dreamcoat’
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Elton John is teaming up with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice to develop an animated adaptation of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat."
STX Entertainment chairman Adam Fogelson announced the project Tuesday at CinemaCon, the annual gathering of theater owners and exhibitors.
The musical, which Rice and Webber created in the late 1960s, is based on the "coat of many colors" story from the Book of Genesis.
Today in History for March 22nd
Corinth Symphony Orchestra features Broadway performer
Broadway comes to Corinth beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Coliseum Civic Center as Broadway veteran Laurie Gayle Stephenson performs with the Corinth Symphony Orchestra as the featured soloist. Stephenson, who made her Broadway debut as Lily in the Tony Award-winning “The Secret Garden,” will perform in the symphony’s concert “A Tribute to Broadway” — a revue of Broadway favorites, including works by Rogers and Hammerstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber and others. Stephenson also starred for two...
Glenn Close revisits ‘most challenging role I’ve ever had’
NEW YORK (AP) — Returning to reprise one of her most iconic stage triumphs was relatively easy for Glenn Close. All she had to do was go to her closet.
Glenn Close returns to Broadway’s ‘Sunset Boulevard’
Bette Midler, Glenn Close lead Broadway’s spring offerings
NEW YORK (AP) — Two Broadway titans in Bette Midler and Glenn Close return to the Great White Way this spring. Here's a look at some of the highlights:
Fire breaks out at Kuwait’s new performing arts center
KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwaiti authorities say firefighters have extinguished a blaze at the oil-rich country's recently opened performing arts center.
The official Kuwait News Agency said no one was hurt in Monday's fire at the Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Center in the capital, Kuwait City.
It says five fire departments helped battle the fire, which sent thick smoke pouring from the futuristic-looking, waterfront complex.
The Spokane Symphony goes to the movies with the silent classic “The Phantom of the Opera”
When you think of “The Phantom of the Opera,” it’s not unusual to picture a masked man, unblemished save for a velvet mask covering one quadrant of his otherwise beautiful face, belting in a spotlight about the darkness of the music of the night.