Andrew Lloyd Webber Enlists Neil Meron to Expand Creative Ventures in North America - AmNews Curtain Raiser


Monday, May 22, 2023

Andrew Lloyd Webber Enlists Neil Meron to Expand Creative Ventures in North America

Andrew Lloyd Webber has appointed Neil Meron, a renowned film, television, and theatre producer, as a consultant and will be joining his London-based Really Useful Group (RUG). In this role, Meron will collaborate closely with RUG's Licensing and Production team to identify and develop fresh opportunities for Lloyd Webber's impressive intellectual property (IP) across North America. His responsibilities will include talent scouting, fostering relationships with film companies, networks, streamers, dance companies, and new media platforms. Additionally, Meron will work closely with Lloyd Webber's new joint venture alongside esteemed British theatre producer Michael Harrison to support their exploration of new ventures in North America.

Meron's association with Lloyd Webber dates back to the late 1970s when he and his late partner, Craig Zadan, created a nightclub act for Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice during the release of the original concept album of Evita. Together, Meron and Zadan executive produced the Emmy Award-winning "Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert" for NBC. Their collaboration extended to various feature projects such as Chicago (winner of the Best Picture Oscar), Hairspray, and The Bucket List. They also served as executive producers for television productions including "Gypsy" starring Bette Midler, "Cinderella" starring Brandy and Whitney Houston, "Life with Judy Garland" starring Judy Davis, "A Raisin in the Sun" starring Sean Combs, Phylicia Rashad, and Audra McDonald, and "Steel Magnolias" starring Queen Latifah. They were involved in all of NBC's live musicals, starting with "Sound of Music Live" featuring Carrie Underwood and continuing through "Superstar." In 2021, Meron executive produced "Annie Live" for NBC in collaboration with Robert Greenblatt. On Broadway, Meron and Zadan produced the revival of Promises, Promises starring Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth, as well as How To Succeed in Business… starring Daniel Radcliffe. Currently, Meron and the Shubert Organization are producing Some Like it Hot on Broadway, which received 13 Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical.

Expressing his enthusiasm for the collaboration, Meron stated, "It is a thrill to be collaborating with Andrew again as I look for new ways to expand his already considerable impact on the world. He is a born boundary-pusher, whether he's generating new work or reinventing his remarkable library of classic titles. I couldn't be more excited to be a part of this next chapter of this legendary artist."

Lloyd Webber added, "Neil and I go back a very, very long way, so it feels quite fitting that he take on this advisory role at RUG at this point in my career, in which I want to explore new avenues for my music. He is the perfect person to open new doors for me and my team, and I am very excited to get to work."











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