From Broadway To Hollywood: Andrew Lloyd Webber To Mentor American Idol Contestants

On last night’s broadcast of American Idol, it was announced that West End/Broadway composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (along with Dolly Parton, Neil Diamond, and Mariah Carey) will serve as a “celebrity mentor” on the hit Fox TV show this season. It’s a bit of a surprise, considering judge Simon Cowell frequently uses the phrase “Too Broadway!” as a slam to contestants whose singing sounds more legit than pop. And Lloyd Webber of course has had multiple hits on Broadway, including Evita, Cats, and the still-running Broadway phenomenon The Phantom of the Opera. But maybe Cowell decided to make an exception for a fellow Brit? In any case, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s appearance on the show is bound to be a “Broadway week”, giving the nation exposure to some (hopefully) terrific Broadway tunes.

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Pawdesh Salawi

Broadway Theatre Writer at New York Show Tickets Inc.
Pawdesh has been writing about Broadway ever since seeing her first show on the great white way in 2001. Now she sees over one hundred Broadway (and off-Broadway) shows a year. She is also a member of the Drama Desk and would love to vote on the Tony's one day. The Office Voted Her Most Likely To: Marry rich and divorce young