Audience reacts to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s remarks during CINDERELLA’s closing performance
At today’s closing performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella, director Laurence Connor took the stage after the performance to talk about the West End production’s cold-opening creative process and to congratulate the company, including leading lady Carrie Hope Fletcher.
He also shared remarks from the show’s composer, Andrew Lloyd Webber. At the mention of Webber, the audience reacted vocally – booing.
Webber’s noted, “I’m extremely sorry that I can’t be with you today, but I want to thank everyone from our fabulous cast, crew and musicians, the superb creative team…”
“I keep thinking that if only we had opened three months later, we wouldn’t have had to postpone our opening twice because of COVID. I promise you we’d be here a very long time.”
“My huge thank you to everyone. We kept the Government’s feet on the flames and led the charge until the West End reopened. It could have been a costly mistake, but I am proud of what we have done and I will always be grateful to everyone who supports me.”
In response to the terms “expensive mistake”, the audience again responded vocally.
“Cinderella has received some of the best reviews of my career and I’m extremely proud of that and a big part of that is thanks to all of you…” Webber’s note concluded.
A revised version of Cinderella is set to open on Broadway next season.
Hear the full remarks and watch the full curtain call in the video below.