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|It-Girls Musical For Lloyd Webber
- Sir Andrew branches out yet again
SIR ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER seems to know no boundaries when it comes to ideas for musicals. Now, the theatre mogul has turned to the notorious It-Girls for the source of his next West-End project.
Lloyd Webber's theatre company, The Really Useful Group, paid an undisclosed sum, thought to be around UKP500,000, for the rights to a play called Paradise Syndrome. The musical follows the raucous behaviour of the good time It-Girls, most famous of whom is Tara Palmer Tomkinson, who courted publicity through her drug-addled antics.
Paradise Syndrome, which has previously only been shown on the fringe circuit, is the debut of former music business insider 28 year-old Zoe Lewis. Of the potential link-up with Lloyd-Webber she said: "It was important for me for the piece to be seen by mainstream audiences, and no-one was in a better position to achieve that than Andrew."
Webber is currently working on a Bollywood tale entitled Bombay Dreams with film director Shekhar Kapur and Indian composer AR Rehman. The Beautiful Game, a football musical, co-written with Ben Elton opens at the Cambridge Theatre in September.