PHOTO FLASH: Andrew Lloyd Webber Poses With Stars of CATS, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and SCHOOL OF ROCK
You might say that Andrew Lloyd Webber has been making a bit of a Broadway comeback, but really, with THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA securely residing at the Majestic Theatre since 1988, you can't say he ever left.
Still, the master of elegant melody, who can still rock out with the best of them, looks rather Majestic himself surrounded by three of the stars of his current Broadway offerings. There's Tony nominee Alex Brightman as Dewey, the rebellious music teacher in SCHOOL OF ROCK, James Barbour currently lending his hauntingly deep vocals to THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and pop sensation Leona Lewis, making her Broadway debut as glamour cat Grizabella.
The new generation of Cats includes Leona Lewis as "Grizabella," Giuseppe Bausilio as "Carbucketty," Quentin Earl Darrington as "Old Deuteronomy,"Jeremy Davis as "Skimbleshanks," Kim Faure as "Demeter," Sara Jean Ford as "Jellylorum," Lili Froehlich as "Electra," Daniel Gaymon as "Macavity," Shonica Gooden as "Rumpleteazer," Christopher Gurras "Gus/Bustopher Jones," Tyler Hanes as "Rum Tum Tugger," Andy Jones as "Munkustrap,"Kolton Krouse as "Tumblebrutus," Eloise Kropp as "Jennyanydots / Gumbie," Jess Leprotto as "Mungojerrie,"Georgina Pazcoguin as "Victoria," Emily Pynenburg as "Cassandra," Ariana Rosario as "Sillabub," Ahmad Simmons as "Alonzo," Christine Cornish Smith"Bombalurina,"Corey Snide as "Coricopat," Emily Tate as "Tantomile," Ricky Ubeda as "Mistoffelees," andSharrod Williams as "Pouncival,"as well as Richard Todd Adams, Aaron Albano, Callan Bergmann, Claire Camp, Francesca Granell,Jessica Hendy, Harris Milgrim, Madison Mitchell,Nathan Patrick Morgan and Megan Ort.
Currently in performances at the Winter Garden Theatre (1634 Broadway), School of Rock - The Musical is based on the smash hit 2003 film of the same, featuring music from the movie, as well as an original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater, a book by Julian Fellowes and direction by Laurence Connor. School of Rock - The Musical opened to rave reviews on Sunday, December 6, 2015. School of Rock - The Musical was nominated for four 2016 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score (Lloyd Webber and Slater), Best Book (Fellowes), and Best Leading Actor in a Musical (Alex Brightman).
Earlier this year, the Broadway production celebrated 28 years - an unprecedented feat achieved by no other Broadway show. The New York production has played over 11,700 performances to more than 17 million people at The Majestic Theatre (247 West 44th Street) and grossed a staggering $1 billion.
Based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de L'Opéra by Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it. He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command.