Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Bad Cinderella has now officially opened on Broadway, Love London Love Culture’s Emma Clarendon finds out what critics have had to say about it…
’Andrew Lloyd Webber’s first solid smash hit for quite some time’: CINDERELLA – Gillian Lynne Theatre ★★★★
Andrew Lloyd Webber may have composed better scores than his new Cinderella, but he has certainly never created anything camper, and no, I haven’t forgotten Sunset Boulevard. This collaboration with Oscar winning book writer Emerald Fennell and lyricist David Zippel (City of Angels, ALW’s own The Woman In White) actually feels like something of a return to form, not because it’s much like anything else in the Lord’s canon thus far, but more because, after well over two decades, a new musical by this country’s most successful theatrical composer actually feels, once again, like a major West End event. School Of Rock doesn’t count as it was already a solid Broadway hit by the time it opened at the same Gillian Lynne Theatre that Cinderella is now gaudily occupying.
‘A sumptuous visual & musical treat’: CINDERELLA – Gillian Lynne Theatre ★★★★★
We can finally go to the ball, and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella was well worth the wait. Emerald Fennell’s treatment of the fairy tale frames Cinderella as a social outcast in a town obsessed with beauty.
‘Lloyd Webber pulls the perfect rabbit from his big, glittery-witty, musical revolving top hat’: CINDERELLA – Gillian Lynne Theatre
Cinderella’s brilliant trick is the show’s have-cake-and-eat-it ability to debunk all the traditional glamour and romance while actually indulging it.
NEWS: World premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella is set for 25 August 2021
The Really Useful Group has announced, after a period of enforced closure, the world premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella will be on 25 August 2021.
NEWS: Covid self isolation guidance forces West End opening night of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella to be postponed
Following the cancellation of weekend performances of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella at London’s Gillian Lynne Theatre, due to one member of the company testing positive for Covid-19, the composer has announced today that the opening night and gala evenings (19 and 20 July 2021) will also not go ahead.
Full cast announced for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella
The full cast has been announced for the forthcoming world premiere production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella, featuring music by Lloyd Webber, book by Academy Award-winning Emerald Fennell and lyrics from David Zippel.
Returning & new productions heading for the West End & beyond post-lockdown: Are you up to date?
Meanwhile, I want to start keeping track of the shows that are coming back, or are newly being announced, in a new feature here that will be updated weekly until such time as it becomes a reality, and from then on will provide a weekly update to that week’s openings and future ones.
NEWS: The latest single from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella – ‘I Know I Have A Heart’ – is released
Polydor Records has announced the release of the third piece of music from the forthcoming album of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella. ‘I Know I Have A Heart’ is sung by Carrie Hope Fletcher and is released today (12 February 2021).
Mark Shenton bemoans the lack of British songwriters in Radio 2’s forthcoming musicals celebration
Radio 2’s Greatest Show could — and should — have been a platform to celebrate more British musicals, especially here, especially now, with the industry floundering so badly. A show of support for our own creators of new musicals would not have gone amiss.
NEWS: New graduate Ivano Turco wins lead role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella musical
The latest cast member to be announced for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical Cinderella is Ivano Turco. Just graduated from Urdang Academy, Turco will be making his West End debut in the show as Sebastian, the younger brother of Prince Charming. Cinderella will open at London’s Gillian Lynne Theatre on 19 May 2021, with previews from 30 April.
NEWS: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Cinderella is delayed to April 2021
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical Cinderella will now world premiere at the Gillian Lynne Theatre in London on 7 April 2021, with previews from 19 March 2021. The previous opening night had been scheduled for 28 October.
NEWS: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella previews are delayed to 9 October in response to the coronavirus crisis
Andrew Lloyd Webber announced today that the world premiere of his new musical Cinderella will now open at London’s Gillian Lynne Theatre on 28 October 2020, with previews from Friday 9 October.
NEWS: Carrie Hope Fletcher will play Cinderella in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical
Carrie Hope Fletcher will play Cinderella in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s highly anticipated new production at the Gillian Lynne Theatre, with performances confirmed to begin on 28 August 2020 (press night is 23 September).
NEWS: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella will open at the Gillian Lynne Theatre in September 2020
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s highly-anticipated Cinderella will open at the Gillian Lynne Theatre in London’s West End, with performances beginning in September 2020, producers have announced today.
THE WOMAN IN WHITE – Charing Cross Theatre
The trouble with The Woman in White is that if you dissect the elements Andrew Lloyd Webber fused into the show, they’re all perfectly fine. You could also add that Thom Southerland’s production flatters the source material with a rich and generous staging and some very lush orchestrations.
NEWS: Thom Southerland revives The Woman in White with revised Lloyd Webber score
Thom Southerland will direct the first-ever revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony and Olivier Award-nominated musical The Woman in White, with a revised book and libretto.