Who could ask for better news? This Fall, Andrew Lloyd Webber will be back on the West End with Cinderella, a brand-new musical. The show will premiere at the Gillian Lynne Theatre in September, and AKA London will be working with the Really Useful Group to usher it to the stage.
The production, a complete reinvention of the classic fairytale, is based on an original idea by Emerald Fennell, the Emmy Award-nominated executive producer on the second season of the hit drama Killing Eve. Andrew Lloyd Webber will write an all-new score, with lyrics from David Zippel, a Tony Award winner for City of Angels and an Oscar nominee for Hercules.
Cinderella will be directed by Laurence Connor, with choreography from JoAnn Hunter, who previously partnered with Andrew Lloyd Webber on School of Rock and the recent, sold-out production of Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at The London Palladium.
“I have long wanted to write my own version of Cinderella but could never find a take on the classic story that really grabbed me,” Andrew Lloyd Webber said. “Emerald Fennell has written something truly exciting and original, and the moment I read her outline, I knew I’d found my latest collaborator. I’m very pleased to be working with David Zippel, a hugely witty lyricist, once again.”
He continued, “I’m also excited to be reunited with Laurence and JoAnn, who I loved creating School of Rock with and who delivered a knockout Joseph last summer at The London Palladium, where it rightfully returns in June.”