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Andrew Lloyd Webber criticizes young cast of his musical Cinderella

'Nobody has a right to be on stage!' Andrew Lloyd Webber criticizes young cast of his musical Cinderella but DENIES berating the actor

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‘Nobody has a right to be on stage!’ Andrew Lloyd Webber criticizes young cast of his musical Cinderella but DENIES berating the actors over poor reviews


Andrew Lloyd Webber has criticised the young cast members of his musical Cinderella, saying they must recognise that they work in the ‘service industry’.

The musical theatre legend, 73, said in an interview on Thursday that ‘nobody has a right to be on the stage’ and denied claims he had previously berating them over poor play reviews. 

Andrew is revamping his Cinderella musical after the production was savaged by the new ‘Butcher of Broadway’, New York Post theatre critic Johnny Oleksinski. 

Having his say: Andrew Lloyd Webber has criticised the young cast members of his musical Cinderella, saying they must recognise that they work in the 'service industry'

Having his say: Andrew Lloyd Webber has criticised the young cast members of his musical Cinderella, saying they must recognise that they work in the ‘service industry’

Oleksinski called it ‘joyless’ and said 30 minutes needed to be cut for it to have any chance of transferring to New York.

Afterwards Andrew reportedly berated the cast of the show down the phone from his Mallorca holiday home.

The call was broadcast over loudspeakers while the actors were sitting on stage, preparing to perform at the Gillian Lynne Theatre last Friday evening.

Awkward: The musical theatre legend, 73, said in an interview on Thursday that 'nobody has a right to be on the stage' and denied claims he had previously berating them over poor play reviews

Awkward: The musical theatre legend, 73, said in an interview on Thursday that ‘nobody has a right to be on the stage’ and denied claims he had previously berating them over poor play reviews

In the new interview Andrew told how he had addressed the cast, but insisted it had had ‘nothing to do with’ The New York Post review and that he had reminded them that ‘nobody has a right to be on the stage’. 

He told BBC Radio 4: ‘What I was saying to everybody is… the younger cast don’t really realise all the time that we are actually a service industry and nobody has a right to be on the stage.

‘I don’t have a right to have my musicals in the theatre. What we have to do is try to give the best performances possible. 

Firm: In the new interview Andrew told how he had addressed the cast, but insisted it had had 'nothing to do with' The New York Post review

Firm: In the new interview Andrew told how he had addressed the cast, but insisted it had had ‘nothing to do with’ The New York Post review

‘All I was saying is that that’s what we have to do and the cast we’ve got at Cinderella are a really, really wonderful cast who are well capable of doing that. But this has been wildly exaggerated.’

After Andrew’s telling off a few cast members were said to have been in tears and some were so outraged that there was a vote after Friday night’s show for strike action. 

However, this was said to have been done in the heat of the moment, and while there has been no further talk of striking, the cast has considered asking for an apology. 

Re-rehearsals involving the full creative team and cast, to incorporate ‘adjustments’, will begin on Monday. 

The ‘new’ version will be unveiled on November 22 at a gala charity performance to raise money for the Malala Fund, the charity named for Malala Yousafzai, which works to empower women and girls. 

A statement from the production said: ‘Andrew is really proud of Cinderella and its entire cast and crew. He is absolutely passionate about each and every performance. And the audience reaction continues to be terrific.’

Famous faces: The musical has attracted hoards of celebrities to watch it, including Malala Yousafzai and Emerald Fennell (pictured)

Famous faces: The musical has attracted hoards of celebrities to watch it, including Malala Yousafzai and Emerald Fennell (pictured)

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