Paige, Menzel, Barrowman and More to Be Part of Lloyd Webber's Birthday in the Park

News   Paige, Menzel, Barrowman and More to Be Part of Lloyd Webber's Birthday in the Park
Andrew Lloyd Webber, who celebrated his 60th birthday March 22, will belatedly mark the occasion publicly Sept. 14 with an all-star gala outdoor concert that will be held in London's Hyde Park. The 6 PM concert is entitled Andrew Lloyd Webber's Birthday in the Park.
Elaine Paige
Elaine Paige Photo by Paul Cox

John Barrowman, who starred in the West End and Broadway runs of Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard (in which he took over the role of Joe Gillis) as well as in the West End production of The Phantom of the Opera (in which he played Raoul), will host the evening. The concert will feature performances by Steve Balsamo (Jesus Christ Superstar in the West End and Broadway), Duncan James (Chicago in the West End), Lee Mead (currently playing the title role in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), Idina Menzel (Wicked in the West End and Broadway), Elaine Paige (original Eva Peron in Lloyd Webber's Evita and original Grizabella in Cats, who also took over as Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard in the West End and on Broadway), Rhydian ("X-Factor"), Joss Stone, Julian Lloyd Webber (the composer's brother, and a classical cello player), Hayley Westenra, stars of BBC One's "I'd Do Anything" and the 100-voice Crouch End Festival Chorus. They will be accompanied by the 70-piece BBC Concert Orchestra.

The evening's repertoire is set to include the following songs: "Jesus Christ Superstar," "I Don't Know How To Love Him," "Another Suitcase in Another Hall," "Don't Cry for Me Argentina," "Memory," "Pie Jesu," "Music of the Night," "All I Ask of You," "Love Changes Everything," "No Matter What," "As If We Never Said Goodbye" and "Any Dream Will Do."

The concert, for which tickets are £25, will close with a fireworks finale.

The concert will be recorded and subsequently broadcast on Radio 2's "Friday Night Is Music Night" on Oct. 10.

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