Andrew Lloyd Webber Reveals He Hired a Priest to Remove a Poltergeist in His Home
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Andrew Lloyd Webber may be familiar with phantoms on the Broadway stage, but he’s no expert in disposing a poltergeist alone. The Phantom of the Opera creator recently revealed that he had to hire a priest to get rid of chilling spirits in his home.
Andrew Lloyd Webber Asked a Priest to Clear His Home of a Poltergeist
In a new interview with The Telegraph, Webber claimed a poltergeist was present in his home in Belgravia, London. Feeling the paranormal activity, the iconic composer brought in a priest to eliminate what he claimed to be a poltergeist.
“I did have a house in Eaton Square which had a poltergeist,” he said. “It would do things like take theatre scripts and put them in a neat pile in some obscure room. In the end, we had to get a priest to come and bless it, and it left.”
For those who may not know, a poltergeist is the German term for “noisy ghost.” It is a spirit known for unexplained physical disturbances.
Webber failed to reveal when the eerie experience happened, but he broke the news after a busy time. Specifically, when his Phantom of the Opera musical took its final bow in April 2023. The musical is known as the longest-running show in Broadway history, existing for 35 years after its debut in 1988.
Webber is definitely no stranger to supernatural events, as Broadway itself is renowned space for spirits. According to Playbill, at least nine Broadway theaters are haunted. One example would be the theaters London’s West End.
Latest Revival of Sunset Boulevard Will Head to Broadway in 2024
Webber’s musical Sunset Boulevard is heading to Broadway later this year. The Masked Singer judge Nicole Scherzinger is currently starring as Norma Desmond in London’s West End. She will then be reprising her role in Broadway as she makes her debut there.
Sunset Boulevard employs music by Webber and lyrics from Don Black and Christopher Hampton. It tells the story of Norma Desmond, a fading silent movie star. Subsequently, she will make it a mission to collaborate with young screenwriter Joe Gillis to be relevant on the big screen again by tempting him.
“Scherzinger doesn’t just handle the role, she devours it… Throughout, [director] Jamie Lloyd walks a wavering tightrope between postmodern wit, in concert with the snarky, satirical book, and visceral emotion that makes Andrew Lloyd Webber’s gorgeous score, with modified orchestrations, soar afresh. This is a Sunset Boulevard for a new generation,” reviewed by London Theatre.