Lloyd Webber plans Phantom sequel

Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber celebrated his 60th birthday with a star-studded concert in London last night (14.09.08).

The musical theatre mogul – responsible for penning shows including The Phantom of the Opera and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat – enjoyed renditions of his most well known tracks from celebrities including John Barrowman and Elaine Page.

Speaking following the concert in the city’s Hyde Park, a clearly emotional Andrew thanked the audience and the BBC – who hosted the concert – and made an exclusive revelation.

Andrew, who actually turned 60 on March 22, said: “There is something I would like to say tonight which is thank you to all the people who have helped me in my career. I would like to thank everyone who loves musicals as much as me and I promise you I will try my best with the sequel to The Phantom of the Opera which, I can exclusively reveal tonight, will be called Love Never Dies.”

The evening – which featured performances from current Joseph… star Lee Mead, British TV presenter Denise Van Outen and a special pre-recorded video message from Michael Crawford, who shot to fame playing the lead role in The Phantom of the Opera – finished with a spectacular specially commissioned fireworks display accompanied by Andrew’s best tracks, and a rendition of Happy Birthday from all the performers.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Birthday In The Park – watched by thousands of fans – will broadcast on BBC Radio 2 on October 10.