By Charly Ralph
With the most recent revival of Cats now gracing the Broadway boards, Andrew Lloyd Webber currently has a trio of Broadway productions. The celebrated The Phantom of the Opera, the contemporary School of Rock – The Musical and the classic Cats are all running on Broadway indefinitely, highlighting Lloyd Webber’s unrivalled success in 21st century musical theatre.
And it’s not the first time the Lord himself has held such an accolade. The Phantom of the Opera and the original Broadway production of Cats played simultaneously with Aspects of Lovein the early 1990’s and then with Sunset Boulevard in the mid 1990’s.
If that wasn’t enough reason to pop open the champagne, the latest data from Broadway revealed that Lloyd Webber has become the first ever British composer to have three musicals reach the top ten best-selling Broadway shows of the week. All three productions topped last week’s Broadway box office rankings of highest-grossing shows with School of Rock – The Musical in sixth, Cats in seventh and The Phantom of the Opera finishing in tenth.
With no signs of retiring his piano just yet and School of Rock – The Musical set to open in London’s West End this October, we look forward to welcoming Andrew Lloyd Webber home and hearing what’s next for the decorated composer.