Julie Andrews is said to be planning a singing comeback in London – 12 years after a throat operation to remove non-cancerous nodules from her vocal cords.
Andrews, 74, will be announcing a homecoming concert in London that is expected to net 1 million in box-office receipts and will be one of the most scrutinised shows next year.
The organisers of the concert at the O2 arena in Greenwich, southeast London, say that renewed confidence will enable her to perform again at a respectable standard.
“Julie cannot sing as she once did. Fortunately she has subsequently been able to regain some of the notes she was once well known for,” Times Online quoted Steve Sauer, her manager, as saying. “The show will be a beautifully woven blend of her singing along with her guest stars,” he said.
Maurice Whitaker, of IMG Artists, the agent for the show, which takes place on May 8, promised that Andrews “will be performing four or five genuine solo numbers” as well as singing with other vocalists. “Singing is partly a confidence game and she has regained it,” he said.
Andrews, who lives in the US with her husband, Blake Edwards, is ecstatic she will be able to perform in London again.
“To perform once again in my homeland on the London stage will be a wonderful moment — it is where it all began for me,” she added.