The story of Rihanna’s “discovery” in Barbados has always been gossip fodder. I’ve heard people swear up and down that Jay-Z secretly “discovered” Rihanna in Barbados… but not while she was singing. I also find the whole idea of someone being “discovered” to be sort of outdated, especially in this case, because it feels like we’re using coded, racialized language, like it took white folks coming to a “savage” island for Rihanna to be “discovered.” In any case, the official … read more
Andrew Lloyd Webber just pulled the ultimate hipster move: He claims he knew about Rihanna before anyone else.
During a Tuesday segment on “Good Morning Britain,” the composer known for “Cats” and “Phantom of the Opera” said he spotted Rihanna singing “with a sort of karaoke band” while visiting Barbados years ago.
“She was singing there — this must have been about 12 years ago. I remember talking to Nigel Wright, who’s my music guy, and we were having a drink,” Webber recalled. … read more
Don’t cry for him, Barbados.
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jay Z may not have a lot in common apart from being at the top of their respective fields, but you may be surprised to learn they actually have the same taste in music!
No, Lord ALW probably wouldn’t be caught dead rapping Dirt Off Your Shoulder anytime soon — nor would we expect to see Jay in a local production of Cats… but at least they can both agree on one thing: Rihanna!!!
The Right Honourable Lord Lloyd-Webber stopped by Good Morning … read more
She’s never shy when it comes to embracing eccentric fashion statements.
And, clearly, it was business as usual for Nicole Scherzinger when she stepped out in London on Friday – with a nail in her ear.
The X Factor judge, 38, was spotted with the DIY-inspired accessory as she began her talent show duties in the capital, where she certainly commanded attention. Ouch! The X Factor judge, 38, was spotted with the DIY-inspired accessory as she began her talent show duties in the capital, where she … read more
Cool cats! Katie Holmes took her daughter, Suri Cruise, whom she shares with ex-husband Tom Cruise, to see the Broadway revival of Cats on Wednesday, August 17. Close friend Zac Posen and two of Suri’s pals also tagged along for the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, which opened late last month. The group went backstage at NYC’s Neil Simon Theatre to meet the show’s star, Leona Lewis. The singer was in her full cat costume with a furry coat and intense face paint as she chatted with Suri and her … read more
She has made the tricky transition from pop star to stage actress.
But Leona Lewis can breathe a sigh of relief as critics were largely positive about her Broadway debut, which opened in New York on Sunday.
The former X Factor winner, 31, wowed as she attended the show’s launch night in Manhattan’s Neil Simon theatre, on 50 West and 52nd Street, where she deftly turned heads. The Bleeding Love crooner, who was born and raised in London’s Islington, looked fantastic in her choice of attire … read more
She’s got rhythm: Actress Gemma Sutton
Strictly speaking, Gemma Sutton has got rhythm.
The actress, currently appearing with legendary Michael Crawford in The Go-Between in the West End, has been cast in Strictly Ballroom, the stage musical version of Baz Luhrmann’s breakthrough 1992 movie — a love letter to pairs dancing years before the Strictly Come Dancing craze caught fire.
Cheshire-born Gemma will play Fran, the young woman who links up with Scott, the story’s quiet hero.
He will … read more
Beyoncé, Adele and Cuba Gooding Jr.’s 2016 Emmy nominations mean more than just the possibility of winning another award.
The three are now one step closer to being EGOT winners—aka winners of a Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.
Beyoncé is nominated for her third Emmy, for co-directing her HBO visual album and film Lemonade. She has won 17 Grammys as a solo artist and three with Destiny’s Child.
Adele is nominated for her first Emmy, for Outstanding Variety Special for Adele Live in New York City. … read more
After it was confirmed that he’d be returning to The X Factor following a single year away, it would appear that Dermot O’Leary now has plenty to sing about.
The 43-year-old is expected to become the highest paid solo presenter on British TV after signing a new four-year deal to return to the talent show in a reported £8million deal.
‘This is the comeback of all comebacks for Dermot,’ a source told The Sun. ‘Just one year after [Simon] Cowell axed him, he’s signing the contract of a lifetime. … read more
She recently signed a deal to star as the Fairy Godmother in this year’s panto at the Palladium.
And Amanda Holden still appeared to be on cloud nine after the news broke, as she attended a party with TV stars in London on Saturday.
Ignoring the unseasonably chilly July weather, the 45-year-old presenter went braless in a white minidress, which was perfect for the summer bash. She arrived at the event, thrown by ITV’s director of television Peter Fincham, with popular host Piers Morgan, who wore … read more
Famed Broadway composer Andrew Lloyd Webber has NO time for Katdashians! Break The Musical!
As you may recall, the team over at Theater80 decided to pay tribute to the KUWTK family AND the famed musical Cats by combining the two topics together for an off-Broadway parody production. LOLz!
However, as we previously reported, ALW was not in on the joke as he threatened the production company with a lawsuit if they didn’t cut six of his original songs from the unauthorized musical. Well this action … read more
Broadway legend Andrew Lloyd Webber showed his true stripes in a cat fight with “Katdashians! The Musical,” an off-Broadway musical that parodies the queens of reality TV and several songs from Webber’s “Cats.” The New York Post was the first to report that Webber threatened legal action against “Katdashians!,” claiming the musical written by Bob and Tobly McSmith stole songs from his show. “It is clear that the production is not a parody of ‘Cats’ . . . Our client’s property is being … read more
It’s a British institution, having been founded in honour of one of the country’s most famous Monarchs and her consort.
So it was no surprise to see Queen of the catwalk, Kate Moss, pulling out all the stops when it came to the style stakes at the star-studded Victoria and Albert Museum party, in London, on Thursday night.
Arriving in a sheer, plunging purple gown, the 42-year-old looked every inch the supermodel as she flashed more than a hint of skin, however, she faces some stiff competition … read more
Andrew Lloyd Webber believes Broadway producers will shun Nicole Scherzinger after she pulled out of a New York production of CATS.
Nicole, 37, was in talks to reprise her role as Grizabella, whom she played in a 2014 production on London’s West End, in a new version scheduled to open in the New York theatre district next month.
However the veteran theatre impresario, who recommended her to the show’s producers, was left furious after she announced last month (May16) that she was dropping out to … read more
“Katdashians! The Musical!” is everything you’d want in a completely unauthorized parody musical that combines the reality queens of Calabasas and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cats.” In one word: it’s purrfect.
From the brilliantly twisted minds of Bob and Tobly McSmith, who also penned “Bayside! The Musical!,” “Full House! The Musical!” and “Showgirls! The Musical!,” the two-hour pop-culture extravaganza follows the Kardashian story from their early years on reality TV through Caitlyn Jenner’s transition … read more