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Hollywood veteran RICHARD GERE has turned down the lead role in London
musical THE SOUND OF MUSIC - despite a personal invitation from music mogul
ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER.
The British composer has been desperate to land the 55-year-old actor in
the lead role of CAPTAIN VON TRAPP for more than a year after seeing his
impressive performance in the movie CHICAGO - in which he starred alongside
RENEE ZELLWEGER and
Accepting the offer would have been the PRETTY WOMAN star's first West End
theatre performance since appearing as character DANNY ZUKO in hit-musical
GREASE over 30 years ago.
Despite at the time rumoured to be "very interested" in the role - Gere is
set to disappoint British fans by refusing to take the stage.
A spokeswoman for Webber's REALLY USEFUL GROUP says, "Nothing has been
announced yet - it's all in very early stages.
"Richard Gere has been approached but it looks like other Hollywood films
will take precedence - even after Lloyd Webber asked him personally."