David Ian: 'I Don't Understand Andrew's Problem'
LATEST: SIR ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER's reported legal action against DAVID IAN surprised his HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE MARIA? co-judge, because he didn't realise they had a problem. Lord Lloyd-Webber and Ian are seeking a young actress to play MARIA in the forthcoming London production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC on the BBC talent show. And THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA composer reportedly wanted to take the show's format to the United States to cast a Broadway production of GREASE, but soon discovered Ian had already brought the idea to US network NBC, who announced last week (ends11AUG06) they will look for unknowns to play SANDY and DANNY. NBC is producing YOU'RE THE ONE THAT WE WANT with Ian and the BBC, leaving Lord Lloyd-Weber furious. But Ian says, "I don't understand the problem. Andrew has no connection with the stage show Grease, which I have successfully produced in the UK. "There is a new production of Grease on Broadway in the spring of 2007, that's why I've been asked to judge on You're The One That We Want."