NEW YORK CITY– Next year, when one of his shows ends, another will open and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s long line of Broadway shows continues.
The Phantom of the Opera is due to end in February after running continuously for a quarter of a century.
A new show called “Bad Cinderella” will hit the stage a day early so he can continue his ongoing streak.
There has been at least one Andrew Lloyd Webber show on Broadway since 1977.
The musical theater icon announced Monday that his remastered version of “Cinderella” will land at New York’s Imperial Theater a day after the composer’s 75th birthday in February.
“I’m excited to see what kind of birthday present I’m getting,” Webber said.
His take on a class will feature new songs, a new lead actress and a new title.
‘Bad Cinderella’ borrows the title from a key song on the show rather than using the flimsy West End name ‘Cinderella’ – starring Linedy Genao in the title role. She had ensemble roles in “Dear Evan Hansen” and “On Your Feet!” Carrie Hope Fletcher played the title character in London.
“The Cinderella we all know is quiet,” Genao said. “She is obedient. she is polite Not this Cinderella. She takes up space. She speaks her mind. She is unwilling to conform to social norms. She wants to be herself and makes sure everyone knows.”
Genao is a Dominican born in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn and raised in Hamden, Connecticut who now hopes to inspire young women like her.
“That’s so much taller than me,” Genao said. “It’s a lifetime honor to be able to represent my Latin community to play a princess because growing up I never had that.”
Lloyd Webber hopes his fairy tale ends better on Broadway than it did in London, where Cinderella closed less than a year after opening and suffered heavy losses, particularly as COVID-19 derailed its run.
The show was completely remastered for Broadway, where Genao was hired to bring it to life.
“I hope little people in the audience and everywhere can see themselves represented on stage,” Webber said.
The stage musical features a brand new score by Lloyd Webber with a book by Emerald Fennell and lyrics by David Zippel. JoAnn M. Hunter choreographed directed by Laurence Connor.
Lloyd Webber will wrap up The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway on February 18, 2023.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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