The composer Andrew Lloyd Webber has hinted on occasion that he might leave the country if a Labour government raised the tax rate for the super-rich. Well, I feel the same way.
Yesterday, the lyricist Don Black proposed that a statue should be erected in London West End to the most successful maker of stage musicals in modern times.
If it ever goes up, I shall shun the West End.
His lordship may be a genius at selling a show, but he has trashed down the genre to a series of musical clichés and pop tunes. What was once a halfway house between grand opera and lowbrow music-hall has become, in Lloyd Webber’s proficient hands, a brand for safe entertainment and stage technology that barely engages the brain.
If his bust goes up in my town, I’m outa here.
Photo: Don Black, Lloyd Webber, Richard Eyre, at launch of his next show, ‘Stephen Ward’. (c) The Stage