The highlight of my week is in a text:
“OK, so Andrew Lloyd Webber is coming this evening. And they would like you to play from 10:30 until 11:15ish.”
Cast and crew, invited guests and patrons of the Fisher Theatre, as well as Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and his team are celebrating the premier of the first North American tour of Love Never Dies in Detroit at the restaurant.
It’s a late night affair, so I spend my regular dinner service running though what I’ve affectionately referred to as The Andrew Lloyd Webber Spectacular Medley.
Containing music from Evita, Cats, Starlight Express, Aspects of Love, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Phantom of the Opera, Sunset Boulevard and Song & Dance, this medley nostalgically reminds me of my very first encounters with falling in love with musical theatre as a teenager.
I even quickly arrange a fanfare of the main themes from Love Never Dies to mark the entrance of a childhood hero, thinking that at the very least, he will be slightly amused.
But the minute he enters, it becomes very clear what my role for the evening has to be: the cocktail hour pianist at a fancy venue for an equally fancy meet and greet.
And as Andrew Lloyd Webber walks by me to the bar without even a nod of acknowledgment, my love for him dies just a little.