THE SCREENING ROOM: Sierra Boggess, Samantha Barks, Heather Headley Celebrate Andrew Lloyd Webber in New TV Concert (Video)
By Michael Gioia
The British television special "Andrew Lloyd Webber: 40 Musical Years" was broadcast on ITV1 on March 31. Here are highlights from the program, including performances from Sierra Boggess, Samantha Barks, Heather Headley and more.
The show, which was previously recorded, was hosted by Michael Ball and featured the world premiere of "Theme from Stephen Ward," from Lloyd Webber's latest musical now in development, performed by classical guitarist Miloš Karadaglić.
Ball performed the show's finale "Love Changes Everything" with Il Divo and pupils from London's Highbury Grove School. Lloyd Webber visited the school last year to commend the once-failing school for putting music at the core of its curriculum and inspiring a new generation to fulfill their potential and enjoy the arts.
The concert also included appearances by Nicole Scherzinger, Sierra Boggess, Denise Van Outen, Kimberley Walsh, Melanie C, Myleene Klass, Il Divo and Tim Minchin who performed songs from such shows as Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar and Tell Me On A Sunday.
Samantha Barks, recently seen as Eponine in the film version of "Les Miserables," and who was a finalist on Lloyd Webber's "I'd Do Anything" in 2008, also appeared.
Friends including Sir Michael Caine, Sir Alex Ferguson and Simon Cowell shared their insights into the man behind the music.
Scherzinger performs "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" from Evita:
Boggess and Ball perform "All I Ask of You" from The Phantom of the Opera:
Barks sings "Another Suitcase in Another Hall" from Evita:
Minchin sings "Superstar" from Jesus Christ Superstar:
Headley sings "Memory" from Cats:
Ball performs "Love Changes Everything":
Melanie C, Forster and Moyles perform from Superstar:
Van Outen and Walsh perform "Take That Look Off Your Face":
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