Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Possible Subject for New Andrew Lloyd Webber Musical

Andrew Lloyd Webber has not had much love on Broadway for his new works. Though his older shows, including Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat all did well on Broadway (to say nothing about the 18 year long run of Cats and the 24-years-and-still-going Phantom of the Opera) and are frequently produced in community theaters across the country, his last three new shows (By Jeeves, Bombay Dreams, and The Woman in White) have only lasted a couple of months each in their Broadway debuts and were financial flops. And then there was Love Never Dies, the Phantom of the Opera sequel whose impending transfer from the West End to Broadway was much buzzed about but, ultimately, never materialized.

But that hasn't stopped him from writing new shows. One of the ideas he is now considering is a musical based on the Profumo affair that, according to Mark Shenton of Playbill.com, "famously rocked British politics in the early 60's when John Profumo, the UK's Minister of State for war, was revealed to have been having an affair with Christine Keeler, who was the reputed mistress of an alleged Russian spy. One of the central figures in the Profumo affair was Stephen Ward, an osteopath who had introduced Keeler to Profumo, and was charged with living off the profits of prostitution after the case."

Let's see where this one goes.

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