The Phantom composer's prostate condition was detected early

By People Staff
October 26, 2009 08:15 AM
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The composer behind the hit musicals The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita is being treated for prostate cancer, it was announced.

Andrew Lloyd Webber, 61, is expected to be back at work in a couple of months after tests detected the disease early, according to his reps.

In a brief statement to PEOPLE, they said: “The condition is in its very early stages. Andrew is now undergoing treatment and expects to be fully back at work before the end of the year.”

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At the moment, the musician – who was knighted by Queen Elizabeth and then awarded a peerage, giving him the formal title Baron Lloyd-Webber – is preparing Love Never Dies, a sequel to Phantom of the Opera that is scheduled to open in London in March.
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