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Andrew Lloyd Webber

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This is the Biography of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber.

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Andrew Lloyd Webber is the composer of The Likes of Us, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, By Jeeves, Evita, Variations and Tell Me On A Sunday later combined as Song & Dance, Cats, Starlight Express, The Phantom of the Opera, Aspects of Love, Sunset Boulevard, Whistle Down the Wind, The Beautiful Game and The Woman in White. He composed the film scores of Gumshoe and The Odessa File, and a setting of the Latin Requiem Mass Requiem for which he won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Composition.


He has also produced in the West End and on Broadway not only his own work but the Olivier award-winning plays La BÍte and Daisy Pulls It Off. In summer 2002 in London he presented the groundbreaking A R Rahman musical Bombay Dreams.

 

In 2004 he produced a film version of The Phantom of the Opera directed by Joel Schumacher.

 

Earlier this year he oversaw the new production of Evita in London and a unique version of The Phantom of the Opera in Las Vegas. This winter he will present a new production of The Sound of Music at the London Palladium having cast the leading role via the BBC TV series “How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?”.

 

He bought the Palace Theatre in 1983 and now owns seven London theatres including the Palace, the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and the London Palladium.

His awards include seven Tonys, three Grammys including Best Contemporary Classical Composition for Requiem, six Oliviers, a Golden Globe, an Oscar, an International Emmy, the Praemium Imperiale and the Richard Rodgers award for Excellence in Musical Theatre. The Beautiful Game, which used the sectarian war in Northern Ireland as a metaphor of the tragedy of religious conflict worldwide, was his first to receive the London Critic’s Circle Award.

He was knighted in 1992 and created an honorary life peer in 1997.

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Andrew Lloyd Webber, born in 1948, British composer of theatrical music, whose popular stage musicals include Jesus Christ Superstar (1971; in collaboration with British lyricist Timothy Rice), Cats (1981), and Phantom of the Opera (1986).

Andrew Lloyd Webber was born in London and educated at the University of Oxford and at the Royal College of Music. The son of the director of the London College of Music, Lloyd Webber began his musical training as a child. He published his first composition at the age of nine.

In 1967, while still students, Lloyd Webber and Rice wrote Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat for a school performance. The musical was later professionally produced at an international arts festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, and at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York in 1972. A recording was released in 1972, but the show did not become a regular Broadway production until 1981.

Lloyd Webber and Rice next collaborated on Jesus Christ Superstar, which, issued as a record album, sold more than 3 million copies before the show opened on Broadway. The musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, and Lloyd Webber, as composer, won the Drama Desk Award (1973). Jesus Christ Superstar then became the longest-running musical in the history of British theater and was produced throughout the world. Another Lloyd Webber-Rice collaboration, Evita (1978), opened in New York in 1979, where it won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, seven Tony Awards, and a Grammy Award. Both shows were later made into successful motion pictures.

Lloyd Webber's Cats (1981) won seven Tony Awards and would become the longest-running show on Broadway with 7,485 performances. Phantom of the Opera (1986) would win seven more Tonys, and surpass Cats as the longest-running show in Broadway history in 2006. Lloyd Webber also wrote the music for Starlight Express (1984), Aspects of Love (1989), and Sunset Boulevard (1993), which won two Tony Awards. In 1990 he was the recipient of a Grammy Legends Award. Lloyd Webber was knighted in 1992. He was made a life peer in 1997 and took the name Lord Lloyd-Webber of Sydmonton.

Thanks to Really Useful.com for the use of Andrew's biography!

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