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Andrew Lloyd Webber

Andrew Lloyd Webber (b. 1948) is the most successful composer of musicals of his generation and also a breaker of molds for the type. His predecessors were, for the most part, American: New York-based songwriters steeped in Broadway tradition. Lloyd Webber saw his share of shows as a child, too, but he was born in London, the son of William Lloyd Webber, Director of the London College of Music, and was trained at the Royal Academy of Music, hardly the sort of place where you'd be likely to hear Oklahoma!

Nevertheless, Lloyd Webber hooked up with lyricist Tim Rice, and the two began work on what would be a typical project for them, a musical based on the Biblical story of Joseph and his coat of many colors. Titled Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, it brought in a strong rock & roll influence. After writing a second unproduced musical, the two hit on the idea of writing a musical based on the life of Jesus Christ from the point of view of Judas (not the sort of idea likely to occur to a Broadway composer) and, again, imbued with rock. Unable to finance a stage version, Lloyd Webber and Rice did manage to record their show, and Jesus Christ Superstar went on to sales in the millions all over the world. The hit musical version followed.

Lloyd Webber and Rice then split, with the composer writing film scores and working on an abortive musical with playwright Alan Ayckbourne (Jeeves), after which Rice returned with another audacious idea: a musical based on the life of Argentine dictator (or dictator's wife, depending on how you look at it) Eva Peron. Evita (1976) repeated the pattern of Jesus Christ Superstar, with its hit record album followed by a successful theatrical run in the West End and then on Broadway.

The Lloyd Webber-Rice partnership, having proved itself again, was severed (Rice went on to write Chess), and Lloyd Webber next wrote a musical revue based on T.S. Eliot's whimsical poems about Cats (1981). This time, the show came before the album, and it's still running. By this time, Lloyd Webber had largely abandoned the rock elements of his work in favor of what critics found a pastiche style that borrowed from classical and opera sources. He had also become a brand name (and a corporation, the Really Useful Company) that assured at least a modest success for subsequent shows, though critics were often unimpressed with his efforts.

Downgrading the status of his lyricists, Lloyd Webber went on to a series of successful shows (Song and Dance, Starlight Express) before scoring another long- (and still-) running hit in 1987 (1988 in New York) with a musical adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera. Aspects of Love (1989-1990) was less successful, however. Lloyd Webber debuted a musical adaptation of the Billy Wilder film Sunset Boulevard in the early '90s, and it proved to be one of his rare disappointments, failing to earn either good reviews or healthy ticket sales. In 1996, Alan Parker adapted Evita for the screen; Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice contributed a new song, "You Must Love Me," to the production, which starred Madonna. "You Must Love Me" won the Best Original Song award at the 1997 Academy Awards. ~ William Ruhlmann
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rachaelebond
Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Now you've started reading this. DON'T STOP THIS IS SO FREAKY. But if read this and ignore it, then you will have very bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in the next 143 minutes. When you are done hit the space bar, and your crushes name will appear on the screen. It is so freaky cuz it actually works.
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This song got me through ups and downs of my life!!!! Thank You Cats, Evita, and Phantom :) <3
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chi.chris
She is so awesome !!
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Love this song
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I saw La Mis in London and will never forget it. The most amazing musical I've ever attended
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THAT HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE ONLY THING I HAVE ASKED OF YOU !! CAN I GO WITH YOU ??
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BRIAN ARE YOU COMING ??
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I can't even describe his music LOVE HIM!
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If I can't sleep then you need to wake up too!! Here !! Put your hat on and get up !! The car is packed , revved up and full of gas, !! Eat your strawberry waffles !! I got you your strawberry jam too !!
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A beautiful song about letting go and saying goodbye that impacts everyone in one way or the other.
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Beauty, and perfection at its best. ❤️
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Hey Andrew I hope to meet you someday and sing with Ramin Karimloo
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my69bowtie
You will be kissed by the love of ur life on fri tomorrow will be the best day of ur life put this on 5 songs in 143 mon
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my69bowtie
Debbie uv made if point u like this song pk
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my69bowtie
Be quiet Debbie idk who u are sp shut up
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my69bowtie
How many
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Sometimes I get annoyed of how McManus alw songs are on here
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my69bowtie
Pink
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Pink
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Pink
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Pink
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say iphone 5 times pick a color repost 5 times look under your pillow
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I'm obsessed Broadway musical
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Yes, I watch the movie every time its on. As for this song one of my favorite's.
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.No Matter What. Ronan Keating or Andrew Lyold Weber. Missing u tons this morning. Welcome anytime
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I loved the movie and the music i can't stop listening to it. just love it!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! !
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Words seem so incapable of describing such beauty!!
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great. song
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My favorite thing to listen too
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I LOVE this movie!!!!!!!
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Say IPhone 5 times, pick a color, post this on 2 songs the look under your pillow.
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flanninjaspe r
PHANTOM sparks adventurous memories especially for a Senior...ed
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mmasabbey8
So great. Words can't express how great it is.
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chesscoach2
Andrew Lloyd Webber is AWESOME. So is this song.
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I love this song
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I love all his musicals! I wish he could be here to make more. :( :)
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Phantom is my favorite musical and is my Fandom!
Phangirl for life!!
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I love the phantom of the opera sooooo much
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I love your phantom of the opera its ll I listen to everyday lol
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The Best Ever Phantom of the Opera plus Cats.
Love the Theater
Also Jesus Christ Superstar - long long ago at the Fox
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How come they don't have The Phantom of the Opera or Love Never Dies on his discography? In my opinion they are his best works. I don't care for the story of Love Never Dies but the music is so beautiful. I even bought the music book for it so I can play the songs on the piano!
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Like !
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ked1949rocks
Barbara Christmas
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Kiss your left hand
Say crushes name
Close hand
Say a day
Look at your hand
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Ur crush will ask you out the day u said
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Love the phantom best I've ever seen
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Great duet combo, plus this song is so romantic. Summer time.
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Am I'm obsessed musical sent video
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Tony awards 2013
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Joseph and the technicolor dreamcoat
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