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Andrew Lloyd Webber to miss Bad Cinderella Broadway opening as he reveals son is critically ill

Lloyd Webber's son has been battling gastric cancer

Andrew Lloyd Webber
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Andrew Lloyd Webber has revealed that he will not be attending the upcoming Broadway opening night of his musical Bad Cinderella.

Lloyd Webber revealed that his son, Grammy-nominated composer and songwriter Nicholas Lloyd Webber, 43, has been battling gastric cancer for the last year and a half and has now been admitted to hospital.

The Bad Cinderella and Jesus Christ Superstar progenitor said that he will remain with his son and family, and that he is "praying that Nick will turn the corner."

Bad Cinderella is a rechristened version of his musical Cinderella, first seen in London in mid-2021. Closing in the spring of 2022, it has now moved to New York.

You can read the statement in full below:

"I am absolutely devastated to say that my eldest son Nick is critically ill.

"As my friends and family know, he has been fighting gastric cancer for the last 18 months and Nick is now hospitalised.

"I therefore have not been able to attend the recent previews of Bad Cinderella and as things stand, I will not be able to cheer on its wonderful cast, crew and orchestra on opening night this Thursday.

"We are all praying that Nick will turn the corner. He is bravely fighting with his indomitable humour, but at the moment my place is with him and the family."