"Phantom" Composer To Judge Reality Show

Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber listens during a toast as he attends a pre-show reception on the opening night of "Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular" at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino June 24, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The USD 75 million show is an all-new production of Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera." GETTY

Here's the word: Andrew Lloyd Webber will be a guest judge on the Feb. 11 edition of the reality TV show "Grease: You're the One that I Want," NBC announced Tuesday.

The composer, whose Broadway hits include "Evita," "Cats" and "Phantom of the Opera," will weigh in on the remaining 12 finalists, who are competing to play Danny the slick greaser and Sandy the naive good girl (John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John in the classic 1978 movie version) in the revival of "Grease" coming to Broadway this summer.

The hopefuls — split evenly between guys and girls — will perform songs from Broadway musicals, including Webber's shows, in the two-hour episode (7 p.m. EST).

Newton-John has made two guest appearances on the show, which is hosted by "Access Hollywood" co-anchor Billy Bush and British TV personality and musical star Denise Van Outen.

"Grease" already has had two marathon runs on Broadway. The original production arrived in 1972 and didn't close until 1980, after more than 3,000 performances. The revival, starring Rosie O'Donnell as Betty Rizzo, opened in 1994 and ran for more than 1,500 performances.
  • Lauren Gilger

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