Tonight’s Tony Awards are destined to be a star studded event; however, one musical theatre icon will be missing from this evening’s awards ceremony.
Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber announced via a statement on his website that he will not be travelling to New York due to health complications. His absence is due to an ongoing battle with pain, and this has left him “participate fully in my professional and social life over the last eight months”.
Lord Lloyd Webber went on to say “I have been in constant pain since October 2012 following treatment for a problem with my right thigh. As a consequence, I have undergone countless medical procedures and two major back operations.
”This has affected my ability to undertake my normal work schedule. I was unable to attend the 25th anniversary of The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway or the opening of The Wizard of Oz in Toronto, Canada earlier this year.
"I also had to miss the funeral of my good friend Michael Winner and have had to cancel many other personal engagements.
"I have refrained from saying anything until now, but I have had to reluctantly agree with my colleagues that I needed to explain why I have had to withdraw from the Tonys tonight. I do not intend to comment further."
This will be a blow to the event organisers and the audience as the musical impresario’s seminal musical Phantom of the Opera is being honoured this evening for the 25thanniversary performance on Broadway.
Lord Lloyd Webber has had health issues in the past, he went into remission in 2010 after a battle with prostate cancer.
The Tony Awards which are presented again this year by Neil Patrick Harris will be shown at 8pm EST this evening on CBS.