Wednesday 13 December 2017

Lloyd Webber 'worried Trump would upstage children at show's opening night'

Andrew Lloyd Webber said he had asked Donald Trump not to use his music
Andrew Lloyd Webber said he had asked Donald Trump not to use his music

Andrew Lloyd Webber has said he "persuaded" US President-elect Donald Trump not to attend the opening night of his Broadway musical, School Of Rock, so that he "didn't upstage the children".

The theatre boss and composer said he found what Mr Trump had been saying at his election rallies "shocking" and that he had, along with a host of other British composers, requested that he should "not use our music".

Lord Lloyd-Webber appeared on The Graham Norton Show to talk about his latest musical success, School Of Rock.

Next year a host of his shows - Cats, Phantom Of The Opera, Sunset Boulevard and School Of Rock - will all appear on Broadway at the same time.

He told Graham Norton: "If you've been in New York and vaguely in the New York scene, it's quite hard not to know him (Donald Trump), he's been around quite a long time.

"He wanted to come to the opening of School of Rock and I managed to persuade him not to come so he didn't upstage the children."

The musical debuted on Broadway at the end of last year and is an adaptation of the Jack Black movie of the same name. The show tells the story of an aspiring rock star-turned-teacher who forms a band with his class.

The West End veteran said he was not a fan of Mr Trump's, but added "we might just be all right" if the president-elect "surrounds himself with good people".

He said: " I think what he has been saying and doing at the rallies has been shocking, and along with a lot of other Brit composers, asked him not to use our music. But there's not a lot you can do.

"I don't think he is an idiot and if he surrounds himself with good people we might just be all right. I think we've all got our fingers crossed."

Lord Lloyd-Webber praised the talented children who star in School of Rock, telling Norton: "Music liberates and empowers children. Teaching arts in school has never been so important."

He appeared on the show alongside Coldplay's Chris Martin, Gone Girl actress Rosamund Pike and comedian Michael McIntyre.

:: The Graham Norton Show airs on BBC One tonight at 10.35pm.

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