It’s safe to say that Andrew Lloyd Webber is in a bit of a musical dry spell. He had his hey-day in the 1970’s and 80’s with hits like Cats, Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, and of course, Phantom of the Opera. However, as the 90’s came in, he created musicals such as Whistle Down the Wind and Sunset Boulevard, which were successful but didn’t even close to reaching the level of popularity that his earlier shows did. In the 21st century, his creations have been rather limited – a musical adaptation of the novel the Woman in White, which only lasted a few months on stage, and the Phantom of the Opera sequel, Love Never Dies, which received poor reviews and closed on the West End last London.
Lloyd Webber has the talent – his earlier shows, and even his later ones (despite the bizarre and unrealistic plot, Love Never Dies’s music is actually incredible), so why isn’t he churning out the musicals we know he is capable of creating?!
He recently revealed a topic that he is dabbling with for his next musical creation, and this one is much more serious, political, historical and envelope-pushing than most of his other musical plot lines.
Lloyd Webber wants to turn the infamous Profumo affair of the early 60’s in British politics. For those of who weren’t British citizens in the early 60’s (most of us), the Profumo affair involves John Profumo, the UK’s then Minister of State for war and Christine Keeler, who was the presumed mistress of an alleged Russian spy, were revealed to be having a romantic entanglement. In the 60’s, the height of anti-Russian sentiment and fear of the Cold War, obviously this revelation stirred up some trouble.
It certainly seems like an interesting plot piece, but how can you set that to music? Although, ALW has set the bible to music before, so I guess he can do anything.