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Lloyd Webber Bemoans Feelgood Factor???

By • West End
Andrew Lloyd Webber has cited an obsession with the “feelgood factor” as the reason why many West End musicals have been doing poor business. He claims in an interview published today (1 August 2006) that only three shows - Billy Elliot, The Phantom of the Opera and The Lion King - are currently making a profit, while Evita (his collaboration with Tim Rice, revived at the West End’s Adelphi Theatre), is one of the few quality shows in town. He told the Radio Times: “Can you name me an interesting new (show)? The feelgood factor seems to be the main thing…. Some shows are losing £100,000 a week. Something completely different needs to happen.” The composer and producer also bemoaned the cost of renovating listed theatre buildings. Lloyd Webber, whose Really Useful Theatres company owns seven venues including the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, added: “I'm concerned that I don't see a commercial future for many West End theatres.” How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?, the BBC One TV talent competition to find a star for Lloyd Webber’s upcoming production of Rodgers and Hammerstein classic The Sound of Music at the London Palladium, began airing this past Saturday (29 July 2006) and continues until a winner is chosen on 16 September.

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