Remember when Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice created a special musical for the Queen’s birthday
The Queen turns 95 today, which means we’re the most excited we’ve been about those two numbers since we met Dolly Parton in the West End.
It’s no secret that the Queen loves the stage – she seems to have done more press operations with Joey, the horse of Battle horse, than she did with some of her own children. There is a well-known story of when she was brought into an auditorium to watch the award-winning puppet war piece without the audience knowing who was among them.
Perhaps the occasion that proves it the most is when Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice created Locust, a specially commissioned mini-musical that was performed at Windsor Castle after the couple were approached by Prince Edward.
By the way, as you might expect, of cricket, the play was performed at the Queen in 1986 (with two private follow-up views later that year) before it hit shelves (it actually marked the last time Rice and Lloyd Webber worked together, for the time being) and left to collect dust.
It was directed by none other than the rather iconic Trevor Nunn, with a cast spearheaded by Ian Charleson, Sarah Payne, and John Savident (as well as a little cameo from Prince Edward himself).
We don’t know what the queen did Locust, but we expect this to be more positive than his response to the news Diane musical, opening on Broadway in December.
What is funny Locust is that anyone who saw it would have had a first look at what would end up being some of Lloyd Webber’s most iconic acts: five of the tunes from the half-hour play would later be transformed back into Lloyd Webber’s Aspects of love, while the final issue, “One Hot Afternoon”, eventually became “As If We Never Said Goodbye” by Sunset Boulevard.
As to why there was never a public revival of Locust? We are puzzled.
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