Andrew Lloyd Webber is among the famous English composers and is well known for his musical theater hits like the Phantom of the Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, and Cats.
His Broadway music has received a lot of global recognition. He has collected a broad range of Honors along the way including the Kennedy Center Honors, the Academy Award, three Grammy Awards, seven Tony Awards, and the Knighthood Award.
Andrew Lloyd Webber has the largest theater production company in Europe. His songs have received a lot of recognition all over the world. You can listen more about this singer from the you tube link above
The Early Years of Andrew Lloyd’s Life
Andrew Lloyd is a famous London musician, who was born on the 22nd day of March 1948. His father was the principal director of the renowned London College of music.
His mother was a professional piano teacher while his brother, Juliana is a highly skilled cellist. Therefore, Andrew Lloyd Webber is a musician who was born with music blood flowing through his veins.
His talent clearly came out at age three when he started playing the piano and the French horn. He began to write his music when he was six years of age.
His childhood dream was to become the chief director of the England early monuments. He was a Queen scholar at the Westminster school from 1965.
He later studied history at Oxford at the Magdalene College. Because of his music passion, he dropped out of school to join the royal college of music to explore his interest in musical theater.
Andrew Lloyd Webber began a long collaboration with the 21-year-old law student “Tim Rice” in 1965 at age 17. Tim Rice was an excellent writer of pop songs particularly the lyrics.
His Musical Evolution
In 1965, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice began to work on their first music referred to as “The likes of us”. However, this production did not get to the stage at the same time.In March 1968, they launched a two-hour performance of the biblical Joseph story which was a great successful.
The title of this play was “Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat”.The two had a great passion for the biblical theme after commissioning.
Their second production was the famous “Jesus Christ the Superstar” of 1971.
Webber started recording an album worth of music before making a play from it.
In 1974, he teamed up with Alan Ayckbourn, who was an English play writer.Their relationship did not succeed forcing him to reunite with Tim Rice in 1976 and they created the Evita concept album.
The also produced the hottest London hit “Don’t cry for me, Argentina” in 1978.
Critical Acclaim and Mixed Reviews
The collaboration between Rice and Webber came to an end in 1980, but it also marked his blockbuster era. In 1981, he opened “Cats” in London, and it ran for 21 years making it the longest running music within the region.
After Cats, Andrew Lloyd Webber produced the “Starlight Express” which is still popular up to date. His biggest hit was the “Phantom of the Opera” which had its basis in a French novel.
He produced several albums in the 1990’s including the Sunset Boulevard in 1994, the film version of Cats in 1998, and whistle down the wind in 1998.
He produced more works in the 21st century including the beautiful game in 2000, Bombay Dreams of 2002, the Woman in White in 2004, the sound of music in 2006, love never dies in 2010, and the Wizard of Oz musical theater version of 2011. Some of these productions came up with mixed critical receptions.
His Personal Life and Awards
Andrew Lloyd Webber has five kids and has married three times in life. He is among the 100 richest people in Britain after accumulating a total wealth of over one billion dollars.
He is a proud owner of six London theaters and founder of the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation. His foundation promotes heritage, culture and arts for the benefit of the public.
Some of his awards include three Grammys, seven toys, a golden globe, seven Olivier, two International Emmy’s Awards, an Oscar, and Excellence of musical theater, Richard Rodgers Award, and the Kennedy Center Honors Award. He developed an honorary life peer in 1997 after knighting in 1992.