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Lloyd Webber did not want Donald to upstage children.

ANDREW Lloyd Webber has said he "persuaded" US President-elect Donald

Trump not to attend the opening night of his Broadway musical, School Of Rock, so that he "didn't upstage the children".

The theatre boss and composer said he found what Mr Trump had been saying at his election rallies "shocking" and that he had, along with a host of other British composers, requested that he should "not use our music". Next year a host of his shows - Cats, Phantom Of The Opera, Sunset Boulevard and School Of Rock - will all appear on Broadway at the same time.

Lloyd Webber said: "If you've been in New York and vaguely in the New York scene, it's quite hard not to know him (Donald Trump), he's been around quite a long time.

"He wanted to come to the opening of School of Rock and I managed to persuade him not to come so he didn't upstage the children."

The musical debuted on Broadway last year and is an adaptation of the Jack Black movie of the same name. The show tells the story of an aspiring rock star-turned-teacher who forms a band with his class.

West End veteran Lloyd Webber said he was not a fan of Mr Trump's, but added "we might just be all right" if the president-elect "surrounds himself with good people".

He said: "I think what he has been saying and doing at the rallies has been shocking."

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Date:Nov 12, 2016
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