One in all Broadway’s juiciest, longest-running feuds could have simply ended.
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Patti LuPone haven’t spoken to one another because the composer fired the diva from “Sundown Boulevard” in 1994.
However on Thursday, on the outdated Hit Manufacturing facility on West 54th Road, they met to rehearse “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” which LuPone will sing Sunday evening on the Grammy Awards.
Lloyd Webber arrived first. LuPone swept in a couple of minutes later. Witnesses held their breaths as she picked up a microphone.
“Good day, Andrew,” she stated after which, turning to the others within the room, added, “That is détente, girls and gents.”
There have been massive laughs, Lloyd Webber and LuPone embraced — and went to work.
The Grammy telecast is giving a nod to Broadway with a salute to Lloyd Webber and Leonard Bernstein, who would have been 100 this yr. Ben Platt, who gained a Tony for “Expensive Evan Hansen,” will carry out a medley of Bernstein songs.
LuPone, Broadway’s unique “Evita,” readily agreed to sing the present’s largest tune, which, due to the present’s time constraints, wanted to be reduce by one minute.
Sources say LuPone insisted that Lloyd Webber do the trimming. Then she introduced down the rehearsal studio by singing the tune in its unique key.
“She’s in spectacular voice,” a supply says. “Andrew was blown away.”
LuPone in a photograph from the 1979 musical “Evita.”Hulton Archive/Getty ImagesLuPone congratulated Lloyd Webber on Wednesday’s 30th anniversary of “The Phantom of the Opera,” they usually chatted privately for a couple of minutes. Sources say Lloyd Webber made her chuckle when he recommended it was time for an “Evita” revival. (Ricky Martin starred in a single in 2012.)
And so détente it seems to be.
The “Sundown Boulevard” saga is famous. (It definitely made for a juicy chapter in LuPone’s memoir just a few years in the past.) Lloyd Webber forged LuPone as Norma Desmond within the London manufacturing in 1993. She had it in her contract that she would open the present on Broadway the following yr. However Glenn Shut opened the present in Los Angeles, received rave evaluations and wound up with the Broadway manufacturing.
Wounded, LuPone sued and gained what was reportedly a $1 million settlement from Lloyd Webber. As she writes in her memoir, she used the cash to place in a pool on her property in Connecticut.
She known as it “The Andrew Lloyd Webber Memorial Pool.”
The feud flared up once more final yr when LuPone knocked the composer throughout an interview with New York 1’s “On Stage.”
Understanding LuPone and Lloyd Webber would meet once more had everybody at Wednesday evening’s “Phantom” get together recalling that feud.
“It’s time to maneuver on,” a Lloyd Webber affiliate advised me. “Andrew has.”
Broadway followers will probably be on the sting of their couches Sunday evening, ready for the “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” second. It comes within the 10 o’clock hour.
The “Phantom” 30th was a terrific bash, by the way in which. The present is in nice form. Sarah Brightman, the unique Christine, appeared through the curtain name and, proving her pipes are nonetheless golden, drew a standing ovation singing the title tune.
To high it off, there was a “Phantom” gentle present on the Empire State Constructing, which revelers watched from the Rainbow Room atop Rockefeller Middle, whereas a “Phantom” medley, synchronized to perfection to the sunshine present, swept the room.
So an enormous completely satisfied 30th to Broadway’s longest-running present.