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Thursday, April 30, 2020


By Billy Suter (Courtesy of sosuterbill)

A 1999 Royal Albert Hall concert celebrating the 50th birthday of the king of UK musicals, Andrew Lloyd Webber, will be shown live, and thereafter made available for free streaming for 48 hours, from 8pm on Friday, May 1.

The special, Andrew Lloyd Webber – The Royal Albert Hall Celebration, is the latest in the weekly free offerings from Lloyd Webber’s The Shows Must Go On channel on YouTube, which was introduced to keep theatre alive during lockdown from the Coronavirus pandemic.

The initiative launched with 48-hour availability of a production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, starring Donny Osmond. It was followed by Jesus Christ Superstar, Phantom of the Opera and, the current offering, the Phantom sequel, Love Never Dies.

The shows are streamed free but requests are made for donations to The Actors Fund and other charities. Donations are encouraged to support industry professionals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Andrew Lloyd Webber – The Royal Albert Hall Celebration features some of the most memorable popular leads from Lloyd Webber hits – among them Elaine Paige, Glenn Close, Sarah Brightman, Michael Ball, Donny Osmond, Antonio Banderas and a dozen others.

The celebration features songs from Phantom of the Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, Sunset Boulevard, Evita, Cats, Starlight Express and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

The musical re-broadcasts are made possible through permission by Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group.

By Billy Suter. Visit