Simon Lee fired from Webber's company

Move follows composer's recent arrest in Toronto

TORONTO -- Andrew Lloyd Webber's the Really Useful Group Thursday fired Simon Lee, a longtime composer for the theater guru, as musical supervisor for the upcoming Toronto revival of "The Sound of Music" that Webber is co-producing.

The move follows Lee's arrest this week for forcible confinement and assault of a young man at a Toronto hotel.

The incident occurred as Lee was in town to serve as a judge on the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.'s "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?" TV talent show.

The winner of the Canadian reality TV series, which is based on a BBC format that Webber created, will go on to star as Maria von Trapp in the Toronto production of "Music" that begins Oct. 3.

"Simon is a very talented person who is extremely important to us. However, on this occasion, we felt it was necessary to seek the termination of his engagement on 'The Sound of Music' in Toronto," the Really Useful Group said in a statement.
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