Andrew Lloyd Webber’s London-based production company, the Really Useful Group, has announced that producer Neil Meron will serve as consultant to the company’s North American operation.
In the role, Meron will work with the Group’s licensing and production team to discover new opportunities for Lloyd Webber’s catalog in North America. Meron will also foster talent and build relationships with film companies, networks, streamers, dance companies and new media in order to develop new work.
In addition, Meron will collaborate with Lloyd Webber’s new joint venture with British producer Michael Harrison, Lloyd Webber Harrison Musicals, to facilitate their projects in North America.
As a producer, Meron is nominated for the Best Musical Tony for “Some Like It Hot.” Previously, he has backed the 2011 revival of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” and the 2010 revival of “Promises, Promises.” Meron is widely known for creating NBC’s live musicals, starting with “The Sound of Music” and, most recently, “Annie Live.”
Meron’s professional relationship with Lloyd Webber began in the 1970s when he and his late partner, Craig Zadan, created a nightclub act for the composer and Tim Rice to coincide with the release of the songwriting duo’s “Evita” concept album. Lloyd Webber and Meron collaborated on the 2018 “Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert” for NBC.
“It is a thrill to be collaborating with Andrew again as I look for new ways to expand his already considerable impact on the world,” Meron said in a statement. “He is a born boundary-pusher, whether he’s generating new work or reinventing his remarkable library of classic titles. I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this next chapter of this legendary artist.”