Feb 25, 2014
By Scott Walker
He wrote the longest-running show in Broadway history.
But the man who wrote Phantom of the Opera hasn’t had a hit since Sunset Boulevard twenty years ago.
And Andrew Lloyd Webber’s losing streak continues. His latest musical in London’s West End is closing after a run of less than four months. Stephen Ward‘ tells the story of a society osteopath caught up in the Profumo scandal of the 1960s involving a British cabinet minister’s affair with a woman who was also involved with a Soviet military attache.
The musical opened in December to mixed reviews.
It was Webber’s first new show since Love Never Dies, a sequel to Phantom of the Opera that had a brief run in 2010.
Stephen Ward producer Robert Fox says he is saddened the show is closing, but he “firmly believes this piece will be seen by many audiences in the future.”