Andrew Lloyd Webber has announced he will be unable to oversee the rest of previews of Bad Cinderella on Broadway, and he will also miss the opening night of the show. He cites the unfortunate decline of his son Nicholas Lloyd Webber's health, who he revealed has been battling gastric cancer for the last 18 months. He shared this news in the following statement:
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.
Bad Cinderella's opening night is set for March 23.
Featuring a book by Oscar-winning screenwriter Emerald Fennel, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, and lyrics by Tony winner David Zippel, Bad Cinderella reimagines the classic fairytale. Linedy Genao stars alongside Carolee Carmello as the "Machiavellian" stepmother, Great Comet alum Grace McLean as the Queen, and A Beautiful Noise's Jordan Dobson as Sebastian, along with Morgan Higgins as stepsister Marie, Sami Gayle as stepsister Adele, and Christina Acosta Robinson as Godmother.