Broadway icon Andrew Lloyd Webber revealed Saturday that his eldest son is terminally ill with colon cancer.
In a statement, the renowned English musician and theater impresario said he was “absolutely devastated” by his son Nick’s condition.
“As my friends and family know, he has been battling gastric cancer for the last 18 months and Nick is now in hospital,” she added.
Weber said that because of his son’s hospitalization, he has been unable to attend recent previews of his latest Broadway musical, “Bad Cinderella,” and will not be able to attend its opening night this Thursday.
Weber said, “We are all praying that Nick will turn things around. He is fighting bravely with his indomitable sense of humor, but right now my place is with him and his family.”
Best known for Broadway shows such as “Cats” and “The Phantom of the Opera”, Weber is an EGOT recipient, having “received an Emmy, four Grammys, an Oscar and eight Tony Awards”, according to his website. .
Weber was also knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1992 for his contribution to the theatre.
Her latest musical, “Bad Cinderella,” is an updated take on Cinderella where the princess is a non-conformist who rebels against conventional norms of beauty and behavior.
The show stars Lynyrd Genao in the lead role, making her the first Latina to play a leading role in an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical.