West End production of “Cinderella‘He took the final arc in London on Sunday evening, although a key member of the production’s creative team was not present at the Gillian Lane Theatre. Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, who composed the music for the new adaptation of the classic fairy tale, did not appear in Place in the Flesh.’
Instead, the musical theater giant wrote a letter read aloud to production director, Lawrence Connor, thanking production members before calling the endeavor a “costly mistake” — a comment that was met with loud shouts.
Connor read aloud, pausing to indicate that Webber was thanking him, before listing the other major contributors. “I keep thinking if we had just opened three months later, we wouldn’t have to postpone opening twice because of COVID… I promise we would have been here for a long time to come.”
“My big thanks to everyone. We followed a statement Webber.” “It may have been a costly mistake, but I am proud of what we have done and will be forever grateful to everyone who has supported me.”
The recitation of “Costly Error” led to the audience’s mutterings and a look at the visual confusion of the production crew as they stood on stage.
“Cinderella has had some of the best reviews of my career and I am very proud of it and this is very much due to all of you. All my love, Andrew,” concluded Webber’s statement. After a short pause, a degree of ridicule swept through the hall. Notably, Webber’s name was actually given off earlier in the curtain call, after Connor announced that the composer had sent a letter in place of his presence.
Cinderella has seen a rocky road over the past few months. Production with lyrics by David Sebel and a book by Promising Woman director and director. Emerald VinylIt finally opened in August 2021 after several delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Cinderella was forced to temporarily shut down its operations during the subsequent holiday season due to the spread of COVID-19 in London at that time.
“Cinderella” is just one of many turbulent productions across the theater industry, which has continued to face limited attendance and unexpected suspension due to the pandemic. The cast and crew were informed of the show’s impending closure in early May in surprise announcement That sparked claims for compensation from Equity, the trade union of performers and creative workers.
Representatives for Andrew Lloyd Webber and Emerald Fennell could not immediately be reached. diverse I also reached out to Equity for comment. There was no comment from the London Theater Association.
“What I feel about this production is that we have created something really special,” Connor told the audience during his special statement. “On this day, watching this final performance with everyone, that’s how I want us to go.”