Andrew Lloyd Webber gets TV special

Lord Andrew Lloyd-Webber Lord Andrew Lloyd-Webber

Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber's life and career will be celebrated in a TV special.

The 64-year-old composer - who has worked on musicals including 'Phantom of the Opera', 'Jesus Christ Superstar', 'Cats' and 'The Wizard of Oz' - will see his 40 years in the West End marked by a 90-minute ITV show featuring a mixture of live performances and one-off collaborations.

He said: ''I was flattered when ITV approached me about a 90-minute special, but I said I would only do it if it wasn't 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.''

Among the artists performing on the programme will be Mel C, Tim Minchin, Il Divo, Nicole Scherzinger, Kimberley Walsh and Myleene Klass.

The special will include an exclusive first performance of a song from forthcoming musical 'Stephen Ward'.

Host Michael Ball will close the show with a performance of 'Love Changes Everything', accompanied by London's Highbury Grove School pupils.

ITV's entertainment controller John Kaye Cooper said: ''Andrew's contribution to musical theatre is unrivalled and 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.''

15-03-2013

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