ITV to celebrate Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 40-year career with 90-minute special

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Samantha Barks, Kimberley Walsh, Tim Minchin and Nicole Scherzinger are among the performers who will take part in an ITV show celebrating the work of Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Andrew Lloyd Webber: 40 Years is a 90-minute programme hosted by Michael Ball that will include performances of songs from the composer’s shows, including Jesus Christ Superstar, Cats and Evita.

The evening will also feature the first performance of a song from Lloyd Webber’s forthcoming show, Stephen Ward.

Lloyd Webber said: “I was flattered when ITV approached me about a 90-minute special, but I said I would only do it if it wasn’t some po-faced tribute to a bloke who’s about to collect his bus pass. I still don’t know what I am letting myself in for.”

The programme will include Lloyd Webber sharing anecdotes and discussing his influences.

It will also include contributions from people who have worked with him.

ITV controller of entertainment John Kaye Cooper described Lloyd Webber’s contribution to theatre as “unrivalled”.

“We are delighted to be celebrating his four decades in the West End with an evening that promises some spectacular performances and a deeper insight into the man himself,” he added.