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News Andrew Lloyd Webber Asked Trump Not to Attend School of Rock Opening The famed composer recounts the story and his thoughts on the President-Elect on The Graham Norton Show.
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Musical theatre legend Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber appeared on BBC America’s The Graham Norton Show and recalled when President-Elect Donald J. Trump intended to come to the opening night of School of Rock on Broadway.

“He wanted to come to the opening of School of Rock and actually I managed to persuade him not to come,” he said. “When we opened over a year ago, I really, genuinely wondered whether he thought any of this was going to happen. I said, ‘Look, the kids, it’s their night, you’re so famous, don’t you think it would be good to just [not come]?’”

The three-time Tony winner also talked about his decision, and that of other composers, to ask Trump not to use his music on the campaign trail.

Lloyd Webber currently has three shows running on Broadway: School of Rock—The Musical, the long-running The Phantom of the Opera, and the 2016 revival of Cats. Come springtime, Lloyd Webber will bring his count up to four when Glenn Close returns in a revival of his Sunset Boulevard.

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