“No one has the right to be on stage! Andrew Lloyd Webber criticizes young actors in his musical Cinderella but REFUSES to reprimand the actors for bad reviews
Andrew Lloyd Webber has criticized the young cast members of his musical Cinderella, saying they have to admit they work in the “service industry”.
The musical theater legend, 73, said in an interview Thursday that “no one has the right to be on stage” and denied claims he had ever reprimanded them for bad reviews of plays.
Andrew is revamping his musical Cinderella after the production was ravaged by new “Butcher of Broadway,” New York Post theater critic Johnny Oleksinski.
Have his say: Andrew Lloyd Webber slammed the young cast members of his musical Cinderella, saying they need to admit they work in the “service industry”
Oleksinski called him “joyless” and said 30 minutes had to be cut for him to have a chance to transfer to New York.
Then Andrew reportedly berated the show’s cast over the phone from his vacation home in Mallorca.
The call was played over loudspeakers as the cast sat on stage, preparing to perform at the Gillian Lynne Theater last Friday night.
Embarrassing: The musical theater legend, 73, said in an interview Thursday that “no one has the right to be on stage” and denied claims he had ever reprimanded them for bad reviews of plays. theater
In the new interview, Andrew recounted how he addressed the cast, but insisted it had “nothing to do with” the New York Post review and that he reminded them that “no one is not allowed to be on stage “.
He told BBC Radio 4: “What I was telling everyone is… young actors don’t really realize all the time that we are actually a service industry and that no one has the right to to be on stage.
“I am not allowed to have my musicals at the theater. What we have to do is try to give the best possible performance.
Firm: In the new interview, Andrew explained how he addressed the cast, but insisted it had “nothing to do with” the New York Post review
“All I was saying is that this is what we have to do and that the cast that we have in Cinderella is a really, really wonderful cast that is well capable of doing it. But that was hugely exaggerated.
After Andrew spoke out, a few of the cast were said to have been in tears and some were so outraged that there was a vote after the Friday night show for strike action.
However, it would have been done in the heat of the moment, and while there was no longer any talk of a strike, the cast considered asking for an apology.
Rehearsals involving the entire creative and distribution team, to incorporate “tweaks”, will begin on Monday.
The “new” version will be unveiled on November 22 at a charity gala to raise funds for the Malala Fund, the charity named in honor of Malala Yousafzai, which works for the empowerment of women and girls.
A statement from the production said, “Andrew is really proud of Cinderella and all of her cast and crew. He’s absolutely passionate about every performance. And the audience response continues to be tremendous.
Famous faces: The musical drew hordes of celebrities to watch it, including Malala Yousafzai and Emerald Fennell (pictured)