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Andrew Lloyd Webber Gets Catty With Katdashians Musical -- Forces Off-Broadway Show To Cut Cats Parody Songs!

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Something must be wrong with his catnip…
Andrew Lloyd Webber isn’t exactly pretending to be the easiest thespian to work with right about now, but his latest controversy is downright catty!
As you may have heard, the team over at Theater80 in New York are currently playing Katdashians: Break The Musical — an off-Broadway KUWTK-inspired take on the iconic musical Cats.
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However, we’re now hearing reports that following a review in The New York Times on Sunday, ALW went ahead and threatened the parody with legal action!
Katdashians co-creator Tobly McSmith says the production was “shocked” to learn Andrew was offended by the unauthorized musical parodying six of his original songs:

“We were pretty shocked. We are fans of Webber and his work. We thought he’d enjoy the parodies we did of his songs, but apparently he did not.”

The show has reportedly agreed to ALW’s terms, though we think that was due to professional respect as opposed to actual fear of legal repercussions — since parody law should totally protect them.
Luckily, it seems as though Tobly believes his musical still has nine lives, saying:

“While we disagree with his position, it would be foolish to burden the court, but we are inviting all judges to see the show for free and decide on their own.”

Here’s hoping the creative team can quickly replace the six songs and continue to put on a fantastic show!
[Image via Theater80 and Andrew Lloyd Webber/Instagram.]

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