'Harry Potter' actor no fan of monarchy
Posted June 4, 2012
Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber thought he had a "corker" of an idea when he sought to enlist Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe to perform his new song, Sing, co-written with British pop star Gary Barlow to honor Queen Elizabeth II on her Diamond Jubilee.
Just one problem: Radcliffe is anti-monarchy and has said so in public. Oops. Who knew? Not Lloyd Webber, who decided maybe it wasn't such a good idea after all.
But no matter; instead, a lineup of pop royals, plus a popular choir of military wives and 200 other singers from around the Commonwealth countries are set to serenade the queen with the new song at the Diamond Jubilee Concert in front of Buckingham Palace Monday night in London.
In an interview today, Webber said he and Barlow intend to rehearse the 10,000 members of the audience beforehand so they can join in, too. "We wanted a song that everybody could sing," he says.
Lloyd Webber, an award-winning musical theater composer who's so esteemed in Britain that he has been made a lord by the queen, also revealed that he had invited the queen to his home for a private party recently; he played the song and she loved it, he said.
He's back in the news these days because a new version of Evita, his smash-hit Broadway musical co-written with Tim Rice, has just opened on Broadway.
He's also about to start work on a new musical on Stephen Ward, one of the key figures in the long forgotten Profumo scandal in Britain (the subject of the 1989 movie Scandal). The show would not be about the scandal but about a man who was victim to "one of the most dreadful miscarriages of justice in British history," Lloyd Webber said. A man who can make people hum tunes about Eva Peron can probably do anything.
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