Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Really Useful Group has named CPLG as the worldwide licensing agent for the composer’s iconic musicals “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Cats” and “Starlight Express.”
As global licensing agent, CPLG will develop a multi-category licensing program that will include apparel, dress-up, gifting, paper and stationery and homewares that will use the shows' logos and draw on their unique themes.
“The Phantom of the Opera” debuted in 1986 and is now in its 33rd year. The show is the longest-running musical in Broadway history.
“Cats” premiered in 1981. This year, a new stage adaptation will debut on Dec. 20, while a movie from Universal Pictures and Working Title is in the works with talent including Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, Ian McKellen, James Corden and Judi Dench.
“Starlight Express” opened in London in 1984.In 1991, it became the second-longest running musical in London theater history. A production in Bochum, Germany has run for 25 years.
The Really Useful Group is wholly owned by Webber and produces, licenses and promotes the composer’s shows worldwide.
Most recently, The Really Useful Group brought “The Phantom of the Opera” and “Cats” to a streetwear collab with lifestyle brand The Hundreds.
“Andrew Lloyd Webber has reigned over the musical theater world for nearly five decades with fans of his musicals spanning many countries and generations,” says Steve Manners, executive vice president, business development, CPLG. “There is huge potential to capitalize on this universal appeal, and we already have some exciting conversations in the pipeline, which we will be announcing soon.”