It’s in the genes. Having Andrew Lloyd Webber as your father would set the stage-pardon the pun-for a successful career in musical theatre.  And that is precisely the path Nicholas Lloyd Webber has taken.

Fanfare was the order of the evening Jan 22 as an SRO audience attended the world premiere of The Little Prince-The Musical, based upon the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, adapted by Nicholas Lloyd Webber and James D. Reid.  Presented by Theatre Calgary, in association with Lamplighter Drama (London, UK), that Calgary was chosen as the city to premiere the musical deserves a standing ovation.

A musical for children and adults alike, The Little Prince is a tender tale of love, loneliness, friendship, and imagination. When a disenchanted pilot crashes his airplane in the middle of the Sahara desert, he meets a mysterious young prince from a distant asteroid who tells the story of his long journey to Earth – and helps the pilot open his heart again. Written in 1943, The Little Prince is one of the most beloved
books in history and has been translated into more than 250 languages and sold more than 140 million copies worldwide.  Composers Nicholas Lloyd Webber and James D. Reid, who co-wrote the music, lyrics, and libretto for The Little Prince – The Musical, have been working on the project since 2009. After an inaugural staging at the Lyric Theatre (Belfast) in 2011, Lloyd Webber and Reid significantly developed and expanded the musical just in time for its Theatre Calgary premiere.  “In total, it has been seven years in the development and making, but this accounts for the care and detail required when tackling such an enigmatic and well loved story. The Little Prince is spellbinding and captivating, moving through space and time and with an array of weird and wonderful characters” said Webber.

The show was brought to life by one of Canada’s most imaginative designers, Bretta Gerecke-no stranger to the Theatre Calgary stage with her previous designs including Enron, Lost-A Memoir, Beyond Eden and West Side Story.

The must-attend musical runs through Feb 28.