LONDON (AP) Impresario Cameron Mackintosh, who has struck a deal to bring classic West End and Broadway musicals to China, topped a list published Thursday of the most influential figures in British theater.
Composer-producer Andrew Lloyd Webber came second on the annual list, compiled by trade magazine The Stage. The magazine said Mackintosh's deal to mount Chinese-language productions of musicals including "Les Miserables," "The Phantom of the Opera" and "Miss Saigon" helped secure him the top spot.
Stage editor Brian Attwood said the agreement with Chinese authorities "will introduce his productions to a potential audience of millions and guarantees him an unrivaled global audience."
The publication also cited the $70 million Mackintosh has spent refurbishing his string of London theaters.
It is the fourth time Mackintosh has topped the list since it began in 1997.
"Phantom of the Opera" composer Lloyd Webber, one of the producers behind current revivals of "The Sound of Music" and "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," was ranked second, followed by Howard Panter and Rosemary Squire of the Ambassador Theatre Group, which runs several West End playhouses, and National Theatre artistic director Nicholas Hytner.Actor Kevin Spacey, who runs London's Old Vic Theater, was ranked 14th.
On the Net: www.thestage.co.uk