The mega-musical The Phantom of the Opera makes history again this week with stage and TV star Norm Lewis becoming the first African-American to play the title character on Broadway, one more musical milestone for superstar composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. NY1's Stephanie Simon traveled to the heart of the Theater District, where fans are more than willing to "sing the praises" of the superstar composer, and filed the following report.
In the heart of Times Square, everyone seems to have a special "memory" of Andrew Lloyd Webber.
While we all might stumble on some words here and there, whether it's "Cats," "Evita," "Jesus Christ Superstar" or "The Phantom of the Opera," it is music you cannot forget.
Inside the Majestic Theater, NY1 caught up with none other than Sierra Boggess, "The Phantom of the Opera's" Christine Daae, Webber's most famous ingenue.
"I love him," Boggess said. "I love his scores, and I love what he's done for musical theater."
Boggess also sang for us the "Unexpected Song," but it it's an even more unexpected song I had to ask about. It's called "Sierra's Ultimate Medley with Apologies to Andrew Lloyd Webber."
"He has the best sense of humor," Boggess said.
Sierra imitated Britney Spears doing "Think of Me" for the NY1 cameras.
Simon: And that does need apologies to Andrew Lloyd Webber, right?
Boggess: I'm really sorry, Andrew.
Simon: We're really sorry. We're apologizing.
Boggess: I'm real sorry.