Pale, weird, mincy theatre hack Andrew Lloyd Webber says Grease: You’re The One That I Want stole his idea and may have spoiled his chances to be a big American reality TV star– even though he’s pale, weird and mincy– and was a guest star on You’re The One back in February!
Like Cat Deeley and Nigel Lythgoe and Victoria Beckham before him, the pale, weird, mincy Brit has dreams of becoming the next dentistry-deficient American reality icon, and has signed with the William Morris Agency, his first Hollywood talent agent, to try and sell an American reality show in which he’d find a young’un to star in one of his musicals.
Sounds like You’re The One That I Want, NBC’s gigantic flopperoo (free advice to producers: next time, think twice about hiring Billy Bush) — but Lloyd Webber had the idea first, with two hit shows in the UK that found stars for productions of his crappy The Sound of Music and Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (paging Donnie Osmond!).
“I went to William Morris so I wouldn’t be stymied by that abysmal Grease program, which was a complete rip-off of my idea,” LW says, splashing us with his G&T.He says his TV show encouraged young kids to pay triple-digit musical theatre tickets and increased homosexuality by 30% in the UK.
“Frankly, it made theatre cool and that’s something I’d love to do that in America. The end game can be bigger than American Idol. Here, we’ll be creating a production of a show that will have enormous legs, whether it goes to Broadway or stadium tours, which is the way I originally did Jesus Christ Superstar.
LW says he’s already talked with Tim Rice, his pale, weird, mincy and fat collaborator, about a Joseph show here.
His new agent will also rep LW for lecture tours, movie versions of his musicals like Sunset Boulevard and a sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, and guest spots on Kathy Griffin’s reality show and Entourage.