Andrew Lloyd Webber will stream legendary Broadway shows free online
Broadway fans around the world will soon be able to stream the works of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber on YouTube — for free.
The series, dubbed “The Shows Must Go On!,” will stream weekly to help ease cabin fever during the coronavirus quarantine. The musical theater legend plans to air some of his most celebrated — and reviled — shows.
The first installment begins Friday at 2 p.m. with LLoyd Webber’s 2000 revival of 1991’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” starring Donny Osmond, Maria Friedman, Richard Attenborough and Joan Collins, available for a 48-hour period.
The next production, scheduled for April 10, will be the 2012 rock musical “Jesus Christ Superstar,” featuring stars Tim Minchin, Spice Girls’ Melanie C and Chris Moyles.
Dates for some of his most notable shows, such as “Cats,” “Evita” and “Phantom of the Opera” have not yet been announced, but fans can see an orchestra from London’s West End perform “All I Ask of You” alongside Lloyd Webber, who recently tweeted himself playing the song while in isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, on YouTube.
The composer won’t be just playing the hits. In a video announcement to fans, he says he won’t overlook his musical disaster “By Jeeves,” a show based on the fictional works by P. G. Wodehouse which originally premiered in 1975 — and was cut short after only a month at London’s Her Majesty’s Theatre. The production fared somewhat better after reviving with rewrites in 1996.
While “The Show Must Go On!” is a free streaming series, Lloyd Webber is encouraging watchers to donate to organizations which support theatre workers during the pandemic, such as Acting For Others, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the Actors Benevolent Fund.
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