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Bee Gees Manager And 'Grease' Producer Robert Stigwood Dies Aged 81


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Robert Stigwood, the former manager of the Bee Gees has died aged 81. The Australian-born music mogul was famed for managing the career of the Gibb brothers, beginning in 1967 when he proclaimed them the year’s ‘Most Significant New Talent’. Stigwood was also a successful movie producer, working on films including Grease and Saturday Night Fever.

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Andrew Lloyd Webber - Andrew LLoyd Webber pictured arriving at the Radio 2 studio at BBC Western House - London, United Kingdom - Friday 11th December 2015

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Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'School Of Rock' Finally Hits Broadway [Photos]


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The eagerly anticipated Andrew Lloyd Webber stage adaptation of 'School Of Rock' finally hit Broadway this week (December 6th 2015) with a cast led by the uber charismatic breakthrough theatre star Alex Brightman. He's no Jack Black of course, but you'd be hard pushed to come much closer.

School Of Rock[L-R] Dante Melucci, Alex Brightman, Brandon Niederauer and Jared Parker

The world premiere of 'School Of Rock: The Musical' was shown at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York on Sunday night, following previews in November. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber of 'Cats' and 'The Phantom of the Opera' fame, lyrics by the Tony nominated Glenn Slater of 'Sister Act' and a book by 'Downton Abbey' creator Julian Fellowes, it was also sure to be a seamless production and a worthy re-working of the original 2003 movie.

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School Of Rock Opening Party Arrivals

Andrew Lloyd Webber - Opening night party for Broadway musical School of Rock at the Hard Rock Cafe - Arrivals. at Hard Rock Cafe, - New York City, New York, United States - Monday 7th December 2015

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Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sierra Boggess and Alex Brightman
Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sierra Boggess and Alex Brightman
Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sierra Boggess and Alex Brightman
Sierra Boggess, Alex Brightman, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Brandon Niederauer, Carly Gendell, Dante Melucci, Bobbi Mackenzie, Jared Parker, Isabella Russo and Luca Padovan

School Of Rock Opening Night Curtain Call

Sierra Boggess, Andrew Lloyd Webber , Alex Brightman - Opening night for Broadway musical School of Rock at the Winter Garden Theatre - Curtain Call. at Winter Garden Theatre, - New York City, New York, United States - Monday 7th December 2015

Sierra Boggess, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Alex Brightman
Sierra Boggess and Alex Brightman
Sierra Boggess, Alex Brightman and Cast
Sierra Boggess, Alex Brightman and Cast
Sierra Boggess, Alex Brightman and Cast
Sierra Boggess, Alex Brightman and Cast

School Of Rock Broadway Meets Film Cast

Andrew Lloyd Webber, Alex Brightman , Cast - The cast of the Broadway musical School of Rock met some of their film counterparts backstage at the Winter Garden Theatre. at Winter Garden Theatre, - New York City, New York, United States - Tuesday 10th November 2015

Andrew Lloyd Webber, Alex Brightman and Cast
Andrew Lloyd Webber, Alex Brightman and Cast

2015 Historic England Angel Awards

Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber - 2015 Historic England Angel Awards at the Palace Theatre at Palace Theatre Shaftesbury Avenue, Palace Theatre - London, United Kingdom - Monday 7th September 2015

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Andrew Lloyd Webber Brings School Of Rock: The Musical To Broadway


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Fans of Jack Black's epic 2003 comedy 'School of Rock' can get excited as a stage version of the story prepares to hit Broadway in Andrew Lloyd Webber's latest project - featuring songs both old and new!

Andrew Lloyd Webber at 'Cats' launch show
Andrew Lloyd Webber to work on 'School Of Rock'

We've had our fingers crossed for a sequel to Richard Linklater's musical movie since it was announced as 'School of Rock 2: America Rocks' back in 2008, but then it started to look like we weren't going to see rock teacher Dewey Finn return to our screens after all. Never fear though, as now the original story is coming to Broadway towards the end of 2015 with previews kicking off in November.

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From Pussycat Doll To Grizabella: Nicole Scherzinger To Make West End Debut In ‘Cats’ Revival


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Former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger has found her perfect West End role, as Grizabella in a revival of the iconic musical ‘Cats’. The singer will be playing the feisty feline when the show returns to the London Palladium later this year for a limited run beginning on December 6th.

Nicole ScherzingerNicole Scherzinger will be playing Grizabella in 'Cats'

As the announcement was made by Andrew Lloyd Webber on Sunday Night at the Palladium, the US born singer said, “to have the opportunity to work with Andrew, Trevor and Gillian is a dream come true.” Adding, “I grew up listening to Andrew’s extraordinary music and was lucky enough, a couple of years ago, to record Cats’ beautiful song ‘Memory’.”

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'Cats' Lands On Its Feet Again With Revival At London Palladium & Movie In The Works


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Andrew Lloyd Webber announced on Monday (7th July) he would be reviving his hit 1981 musical Cats. The composer announced the musical would be at the London Palladium for a limited 12 week run beginning in early December 2014. The musical has not been on stage in London for twelve years so it is something of a homecoming run.

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Andrew Lloyd Webber with some of the cast of Cats at the London Palladium launch on Monday (7th July).

Read More: Even Viva Forever Outlasted Lloyd Webber's Flop Stephen Ward.

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Even 'Viva Forever' Outlasted Lloyd Webber's Flop 'Stephen Ward'


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Andrew Lloyd Webber's latest musical Stephen Ward is to close after just five months in the West End - that's three months less than the Spice Girls production Viva Forever managed. Webber's musical had announced an extension until the end of May, though the last performance will now take place on March 29 2014.

Andrew Lloyd WebberAndrew Lloyd Webber's Stephen Ward Is To Close

It's a huge blow for Webber, who had spoken highly of the musical during the promotional campaign before Christmas. The show's producer Robert Fox said the production was "possibly Andrew's best score in years, paired with some of the finest writing and lyrics Don [Black] and Christopher [Hampton] have ever delivered.

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Stephen Ward: Andrew Lloyd Webber's Profumo Affair Musical Receives Critical Shrug


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The reviews are in for new West End musical, Stephen Ward, based on the real life Profumo Affair. Whilst members of an older generation will be instantly familiar with Stephen Ward and the name's scandalous connotations, there will be many confused about the title of Don Black and Christopher Hampton's new play.

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Charlotte Spencer Takes The Role Of Christine Keeler In 'Stephen Ward.'

The 1963 Profumo Affair was a political scandal named after John Profumo, who was the Secretary of State for War at the time and who engaged in an affair with the mistress of a soviet spy, Christine Keeler. Profumo was forced to resign after being found to have lied about the affair which in turn damaged the reputation of Prime Minister Harold Macmillan.

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Stars Out In Force For Evening Standard Theatre Awards, Helen Mirren Wins Big [Pictures]


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Dame Helen Mirren won again for her portrayal of the Queen at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards on Sunday evening (Sunday 17, 2013). The actress, who won an Oscar for Stephen Frears' The Queen in 2007, was named best actress for her performance as the monarch in the West End stage play The Audience.

Helen MirrenHelen Mirren Won Best Actress At The Evening Standard Awards

The best actor prize was shared between Adrian Lester and Rory Kinnear for their performances in Shakespeare's Othello and Iago at the National Theatre.

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Surprise, Surprise: Sir Paul McCartney Tops Rich List With £680 Million Fortune


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Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney has topped the Sunday Times list of the richest musicians with a £680 million fortune. The singer-songwriter has topped the list since 1989, when he was worth an estimated £80 million. In second place was composer and West End king Andrew Lloyd Webber, with £620 million, and the combined financial might of Irish rock band U2 finished third with £520 million. The full list will be published by the newspaper on Sunday 21, April.

Elsewhere on the list, former Spice Girls star Victoria Beckham shares an estimated fortune of £200 million with superstar husband David, while Rolling Stone frontman Mick Jagger was tied on the same amount. Elton John featured prominently, while dancer Michael Flatley surprised many by finishing seventh with a £191 million fortune. Keith Richards, Olivia and Dhani Harrison, and Sting rounded out the Top 10 with amounts over £180 million. 

In the young music millions list, Adele unsurprisingly topped the list with an estimated £30 million fortune. It was widely reported that the Oscar-winner had made £10 million last year despite taking time off to recover from a throat operation and giving birth to her first child. Her award-winning album 21 has seen her value increase by 50%. Elsewhere, Cheryl Cole's estimated worth was increased to £14 million, while each of the five members of boy-band One Direction are said to be worth £5 million each - a figure likely to have increased exponentially by next year.

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Good News For Take That Fans - New Album Due In 2013


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Gary Barlow has announced that Take That will start work on a new album next year and they’ve got none other than Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber on board to help out with the songwriting. Quite what that will mean for the man-band isn’t clear but hopefully they’re not going to go all jazz-hands and stage musical on us.

In an interview with the Daily Mirror, Barlow confirmed “I have got a lot of Take That stuff next year and then, hopefully, a tour the year after. A new studio album feels right for us, it has always been in our minds.” He added “The band cycles are obvious. Everyone wanted a year off this year, and now everybody can't wait to get back into the studio in February and that is what we are going to do. So, hopefully, an album for Christmas and a tour the following year.” The band have been enjoying their renaissance, after splitting in 1996 and then getting back together in 2008.

Fans will no doubt be wondering just how long they’re expecting to carry on, but Barlow assured them “We’re far from over. We’re all creative, we’re singers and songwriters. There’s plenty left in us, don’t worry… Mark’s solo album is out next year. I was talking to him about it earlier today and he’s very excited about it.” Good news then… now all we need to figure out is whether or not Robbie’s going to stick with them at all.

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