Jackie Weaver: The musical? Andrew Lloyd Webber pens song about Handforth Parish Council star
10 February 2021, 10:49 | Updated: 10 February 2021, 12:18
Jackie Weaver sent social media into a frenzy last week for the way she handled an explosive parish council meeting, later appearing on numerous news programmes and garnering national attention.
So could it be that a musical of her life is next on the cards?
We may have to ask Andrew Lloyd Webber, who has shared a song he composed and wrote with lyricist Don Black about the parish council member.
In a video on social media, he has enlisted the help of actress Carrie Hope Fletcher who croons "Jackie Weaver is our saviour, she'll know what to do" as the composer accompanies her on the piano.
The pair both appear to be filming in their own homes due to lockdown restrictions.
Lloyd Webber captioned the video: "A song for Jackie Weaver, we all love you!"
He later said his friends in the US think he is "mad" for writing it, telling Good Morning Britain that they have been asking "Who on earth is Jackie Weaver?"
"A friend from New York called "last night and woke me up and said 'Who is Jackie Weaver?' and I said 'Well, it's a very British thing'," the Academy Award winner said.
He also joked about the prospect of turning the song into a West End musical: "You never know! People said Eva Peron (Evita) was a bad idea."
The viral video of the Handforth Parish Council meeting shows three councillors appearing hostile towards Ms Weaver before she kicks one of them off the Zoom call.
"You have no authority here, Jackie Weaver. No authority at all!" shouted chairman Brian Tolver - shortly before he was booted out.
Lloyd Webber described the meeting as "sort of operatic", perhaps referring to its strong emotions and raised voices.
As for why he came up with the song, he said: "When you're bored, you have to think of things."