Andrew Lloyd Webber is joining the fight against the coronavirus.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to cling to people globally, scientists have been working tirelessly to find effective ways to fight infections, be it a cure or a vaccine.
Now, months after the crisis, a viable vaccine is being tested, one of which will be applied to the legendary composer.
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Webber, 72, announced Wednesday that as part of a medical trial he will be given the trial vaccine COVID-19.
“I am very happy that I will be vaccinated tomorrow for the Oxford Covid 19 trial,”; he wrote. “I’ll do whatever it takes to prove that the cinema can safely reopen.”
Of course, Webber is best known as a composer of great hits like “Phantom of the Opera” and “Evita.”
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University of Oxford and AstraZeneca, a pharmaceutical company, have been testing a vaccine they developed together, and initial results are expected today.
Webber has been very vocal about the closing of live theaters in London.
When it was announced that the current production of “Phantom” in the West End would “be permanently shut down,” Webber took to Twitter to claim otherwise.
“As far as I’m concerned, Phantom will reopen as soon as possible,” he wrote.
Like the American Broadway theater, London theaters have gone downhill since spring to deal with the coronavirus spread.
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Deadline reports that several London theaters are considering reopening in phases, while the London Bridge Theater has set September or October to be the opening date for a one-man play played by Ralph Fiennes main role.