On Friday, Mayor Adams recognized renowned composer Andrew Lloyd Webber with one of the highest civilian accolades awarded by the city and hailed him as the most significant Broadway musical force in history.
Adams declared at a news conference outside the Majestic Theatre in Manhattan, “We are looking at really the greatest of all time.”
She then presented Lloyd Webber with a symbolic Key to the City honor—a genuine supporter of Broadway who keeps the lights on in our hearts.
Although Lloyd Webber, 75, was born and reared in the United Kingdom, he said he has always felt like a New Yorker.
His award-winning Broadway creations include “Phantom of the Opera,” “Cats,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” and “Evita.”
“This is the home of musicals, and this is where I want to be,” he declared.
The cast of Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera” is preparing for their farewell performance at the Majestic this Sunday, ending up an unprecedented 35-year run that holds the record for the longest Broadway run.
Adams recommended that Lloyd Webber considers bringing his Broadway production of “Cats” back.
“You can bring ‘Cats’ back because we hate rats in New York,” added Adams, who has made rodent mitigation a key component of his municipal agenda.