Reports are in that Andrew Lloyd Webber (Cinderella, The Phantom of the Opera) and Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton) have worked on a special Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebration musical show.
Billed a a musical extravaganza, the two acclaimed musicals composers have worked together to produce a key part of the BBC’s Platinum Party at the Palace.
The event takes place on the evening of Saturday 4 June 2022, outside Buckingham Palace in London.
It is believed that the live performance will include a diverse mix of talent from West End theatre, in a bid for the West End to pay tribute to the Queen’s 70 years on the throne.
Lloyd Webber and Lin Manuel Miranda will perform together. Also there will be songs performed by the casts of Hamilton, Disney’s The Lion King, The Phantom of the Opera, Six The Musical and more.
UPDATE: Jason Donovan will also perform “I Closed My Eyes” from Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. For the Phantom performance, Killian Donnelly and Lucy St Louis will perform.
WATCH: Watch The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Party on BBC iPlayer (UK only).
Lloyd Webber has form in composing for the Queen’s jubilees. In 2012 he composed a song with Take That’s Gary Barlow called ‘Sing’ for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee; and composed a number called Cricket with Tim Rice for her 60th birthday celebration.
The two composers bonded during Covid lockdowns, sparring with each other over musical playoffs, and are believed to have built up a firm friendship.
Also, in April 2017 they had a live chat during the first ‘Live at The Other Palace’ event, streamed on Facebook.
This week, Lloyd Webber has continued to battle the fallout from his sudden decision to close his new musical Cinderella at the Gillian Lynne theatre in London.
Lyceum Theatre, London