August 1, 2008 / 1:17 AM / 10 years ago

Lloyd Webber fires composer accused of assault

TORONTO (Hollywood Reporter) - Andrew Lloyd Webber on Thursday fired Simon Lee, a longtime composer for the theater guru, as musical supervisor for his upcoming Toronto revival of “The Sound of Music,” following Lee’s arrest for forcible confinement and assault of a young man at a Toronto hotel.

Lee was in town to serve as a judge on Lloyd Webber’s related TV talent show “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?” The winner of the show, based on a BBC format that Lloyd Webber created, will go on to star as Maria von Trapp in the Toronto production of “Music” that begins October 3.

Lee was arrested Sunday after a young man jumped from the balcony of a downtown hotel onto a restaurant patio below following an apparent domestic dispute. He was granted bail the next day, and is scheduled to reappear in a Toronto courtroom August 27.

“Simon is a very talented person who is extremely important to us. However, on this occasion, we felt it was necessary to seek the termination of his engagement on ‘The Sound of Music’ in Toronto,” Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group said in a statement.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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