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Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera” contest is looking for a singer


English composer Andrew Lloyd Webber completed EGOT alongside John Legend and Tim Rice with an Emmy for “Jesus Christ Superstar”. He has won several of his awards for his work with the musicals “Evita”, “Cats” and “The Phantom of the Opera”. (Photo: ANGELA WEISS, AFP via Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) – Andrew Lloyd Webber has launched a virtual contest that could get a fan to sing on Broadway or the West End when the musicals resume.

The composer invited singers to compose their own little vocal display case at the end of the song “Think of Me” sung by the character Christine Daaé from “The Phantom of the Opera”. There is a small 13 second pocket – called cadence – where free vocal gymnastics is encouraged.

The winning candidate will be presented on stage by Lloyd Webber at the home of “The Phantom of the Opera” on Broadway or London – depending on the first opening – and will sing after the performance.

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“I just said to myself, ‘Wouldn’t it be fun to find a pace that we could do when we finally reopen in 2047,'” he joked in an interview with the Associated Press. “Everyone needs something to cheer up right now. “

Lloyd Webber exploited talk show host Graham Norton and singer Sierra Boggess, who played Christine in a number of productions of “The Phantom of the Opera,” to help him judge the entries, which have reached on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. He said he was impressed with each of them.

“Some of them are very funny. Some are very good. And one or two of the girls who sent things, I think we should really see, because I think they could just be christines, “he said. ” It is delicious. “

The Cadenza Challenge competition – with no end date yet – is just one way for Lloyd Webber to interact with fans and encourage donations to those struggling against COVID-19. He organized virtual listening evenings, revealing details of his thoughts on some of his shows.

The cast of “Phantom of the Opera” occurs on stage at Radio City Music Hall on June 9, 2013 in New York. (Photo: courtesy of Andrew H. Walker)

He also broadcasts free recordings of his shows every Friday on YouTube as part of his Shows Must Continue! series. The streams encourage viewers to donate to support The Actors Fund and other international organizations.

The Friday one is a 2012 production of “Love Never Dies” with Ben Lewis and Anna O’Byrne. As of Friday, 12.6 million people watched “The Phantom of the Opera”.

“I think it’s the least we can do. Musical theater has been incredibly good for me. And I always feel like I have to give something back, “said Lloyd Webber.

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