Nicholas Lloyd Webber, the eldest son of Andrew Lloyd Webber, is critically ill with stomach cancer, Phantom of the Opera composer has announced. Nicholas’ hospitalization will necessitate Sir Andrew’s absence from this week’s Broadway opening of the composer’s Bad Cinderella.
“I am absolutely devastated to say that my eldest son Nick is critically ill,” Andrew Lloyd Webber said in a statement released tonight. “As my friends and family know, he has been battling stomach cancer for the past 18 months and Nick is now in hospital.”
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The composer went on to say: “I have therefore not been able to attend the latest previews of Bad Cinderella and as things stand, I won’t be able to cheer on its wonderful cast, crew and orchestra on Opening Night this Thursday.
“We’re all praying for Nick to turn around,” he continued. “He is fighting bravely with his irrepressible sense of humour, but at the moment my place is with him and the family.”
Andrew Lloyd Webber was also scheduled to attend one Bad Cinderella New York press event this Wednesday, coinciding with the composer’s 75th birthday. Bad Cinderella opens Thursday March 23 at the Imperial Theatre.
Nicholas, 43, is a Grammy-nominated composer and record producer, known for scoring the BBC 1 drama Love, lies and records and the 2021 film The Last Bus, among other projects. He co-produced and mixed the original 2021 London cast album Cinderella (the former name of Bad Cinderella).
Bad Cinderella is the latest musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber whose the phantom of the opera, set to close next month, is Broadway’s longest-running production ever.
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