Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s son is ‘seriously ill’ with stomach cancer.
The 74 year old ghost of the opera The composer said he is “praying” his eldest son Nicholas – whom he shares with his first wife Sarah Hugill – to “turn a corner” in his battle with the disease, but in the meantime Andrew said he is retiring at age 43 will join his family. the bed of the old composer Nicholas.
The theater icon confirmed that this means he will miss the Broadway opening of his latest production Bad Cinderella on Thursday.
Andrew announced in a statement: ‘I am absolutely devastated to say that my eldest son Nick is seriously ill.
“As my friends and family know, he has been battling stomach cancer for 18 months and Nick is now in the hospital.”
The doting dad continued, “I have therefore been unable to attend the recent previews of Bad Cinderella and as things stand I will not be able to cheer on the wonderful cast, crew and orchestra on Opening Night next Thursday.
“We’re all praying for Nick to turn the corner. He fights bravely with his indomitable wit, but right now my place is with him and the family.’
Nicholas is a successful composer and producer in his own right, nominated for Grammy Awards.
He is best known for scoring the drama series Love, Lies and Records and the 2021 film The Last Bus, as well as co-producing and mixing the 2021 London original cast album for Cinderella, the previous title for Bad Cinderella.
Bad Cinderella is the latest musical Andrew has composed.
Andrew is the famed composer behind Broadway’s longest-running production of all time, The Phantom of the Opera. which closes next month.
Last month it was confirmed that Andrew would compose a new anthem for the coronation of King Charles.
After the death of Queen Elizabeth II in September, the king will be crowned on May 6 at Westminster Abbey in a celebration that will be watched by millions around the world.
Andrew confirmed on Twitter last month: “I am incredibly honored to have been asked to write a new anthem for The Coronation. My anthem contains words taken from Psalm 98.
“I scored it for the choir and organ of Westminster Abbey, the ceremonial brass and the orchestra.”
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