A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was unveiled Thursday honoring recording artist Sarah Brightman, pioneer of the classical crossover music movement.
Receiving a star will “hopefully inspire others as I have been from those before me,” Brightman said in the late-morning ceremony in front of the Pantages Theatre, going on to thank several people, including her parents and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Lloyd Webber created the role of Christine DaaÃ©, which Brightman was first to play in both the West End and Broadway productions of “The Phantom of the Opera.”
Brightman’s longtime choreographer Anthony Van Laast, Emilie Kouatchou, who is now playing DaaÃ© on Broadway, and Tony winning-actress Kristin Chenoweth preceded Brightman in speaking.
The ceremony was held six days before the first of Brightman’s three concerts at The Venetian Theatre in Las Vegas.
The star is the 2,736th since the completion of the Walk of Fame in 1961 with the first 1,558 stars. The ceremony will be streamed on the Walk of Fame’s website, www.walkoffame.com.
Born Aug. 14, 1960, in Berkhamsted, England, 26 miles northwest of London, and raised there, Brightman began singing and dancing when she was 3 years old. She began her career as a member of the television dance troupe Hot Gossip, and released several successful disco hit singles as a solo performer.
Brightman made her West End musical theater debut in 1981 in “Cats,” which was also composed by Lloyd Webber, who was Brightman’s husband from 1984-90.
Brightman has released more than 15 solo albums, many debuting at No. 1 on the classical and crossover Billboard charts.
Brightman is the first artist to have performed the theme song at the Olympics twice, first at the 1992 Barcelona Games, then at the 2008 Beijing Games. She also performed at the 2007 Concert for Diana and the Kennedy Center Honors.