Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger, Michael Ball, Denise Van Outen & Kimberley Walsh celebrate Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 40 year career on ITV
We reported yesterday that Nicole Scherzinger and Simon Cowell were involved in some sort of secret project with Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber and this mornign we have finally gotten some details on what turned out to be a new show.
The X Factor stars are to join Myleene Klass and Mel C for a one off TV special which will celebrate the 40 year career of the acclaimed composer and TV star.
The 90 minute show will include a sexy dance number from his hit West End musical Bombay Dreams and as well as the X Factor stars and Spice Girl, Denise Van Outen will put her history with the Lord – who sacked her from one of his BBC shows a few years ago – behind her and perform a duet with fellow Strictly Come Dancing star Kimberley Walsh. It really will be a star studded event.
The TV special will be hosted by Michael Ball – who forged his career by appearing in Lloyd Webber shows such as Aspects Of Love, Phantom Of The Opera and Sunset Boulevard – and Andrew revealed that he only agreed to take part if ITV could agree to make it fun and uplifting.
He told The Sun:
“I was flattered when ITV approached me about a 90-minute special, but I said I would only do it if it was not some po-faced tribute to a bloke who’s about to collect his bus pass.”
“I also said it must include the wet sari number from Bombay Dreams! I still don’t know what I’m letting myself in for, especially as Simon Cowell has filmed an interview for the show.”
The TV show will not only showcase some of Andrew’s best work of the past but will also bring some new material to the fore and classical guitarist Milos from Andrew’s new West End musical about the Profumo scandal will perform one of the show’s new tracks for the first time ever.
The show will be closed with Michael Ball and a children’s choir performing the famous song Love Changes Everything from Aspects Of Love.
John Kaye Cooper, controller of entertainment at ITV, said: “Andrew’s contribution to musical theatre is unrivalled.
“We are delighted to be celebrating his four decades in the West End with an evening that promises some spectacular performances and a deeper insight into the man himself.”
The show will be taped this weekend and Michael Ball wants your input. He tweeted his followers last night saying:
“Seem to not be enough hours in the day at the moment .ITV ALW special coming together. Recording this weekend. Details to follow.”
“Am chatting to ALW on special and would love to get some (broadcast-able) quick fire questions from you. What do you want to know about him?”