I Can't Sing cuts Andrew Lloyd Webber joke
- Bang Showbiz
- 17 March 2014
A joke about Andrew Lloyd Webber's unsuccessful show 'Stephen Ward' has been cut from the 'I Can't Sing' musical as the impresario owns the theatre in which it is set to begin its run this week
The 'I Can't Sing' musical has been forced to remove a joke about Andrew Lloyd Webber from its script.
The legendary theatre impresario went to see an early run-through of the West End show - which is based on ITV talent show 'The X Factor' - at the London Palladium in central London, which he owns, and executives decided to drop a line which mocks his recent production 'Stephen Ward' so as to not offend him.
A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "They didn't want to run the risk of upsetting him. After all, he does own the Palladium. Lloyd Webber is blissfully unaware."
Andrew's latest work - which is based on the Profumo scandal of the 1960s - opened in December last year but is now set to close on March 29 after poor ticket sales, which he anticipated.
Speaking before its opening, he said: "I'm resigned now to the fact that anything I do probably nobody is going to like."
'I Can't Sing' - which was written by comedian Harry Hill, with the financial backing of 'X Factor' mogul Simon Cowell - also pokes fun at a number of past and present employees of the show, including Dermot O'Leary, Cheryl Cole and Louis Walsh and will open on March 26.