Lloyd Webber's the Superstar as celebration of his music attracts some of city's coolest Cats

PUBLISHED : Friday, 10 June, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 10 June, 2011, 12:00am
 

The Hong Kong premiere of The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber in Wan Chai drew rapturous applause from a packed crowd.

Tim McFarlane, managing director of musical organiser Really Useful Company, disclosed on Wednesday night that the project had been years in the making.

'We had wanted to gather these timeless songs and put them together in one show,' said McFarlane, who has produced Cats, Phantom of the Opera and other musicals throughout Asia.

The songs for the two-hour show - which includes hits from Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, Starlight Express and the rest - were selected by Lloyd Webber himself.

'We had a voting committee at first, but then in the end Lloyd Webber picked all the songs himself. I mean, it's his show,' McFarlane said.

Delia Hannah, who takes the female lead in the show, said mastering the different types of songs had been a rewarding challenge.

She had previously been in Hong Kong while performing in Cats.

Guests on the night included TVB general manager Stephen Chan Chi-wan and controversial local writer Chip Tsao.

The musical runs at the Academy for Performing Arts until June 19.

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