Andrew Lloyd Webber: a Musical Theatre Virtuoso

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Andrew Lloyd Webber: A Musical Theatre Virtuoso For many, musical theatre is an experience that not only posses the power of entertainment, but the power of transformation. Masters of music such as Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Berstein, and George Gershwin used music as a theatrical element by which intense emotions and ever changing moods could be expressed. Their beautiful scores are regarded as the most impressive and moving in musical theatre history. Joining them at the top is Andrew Lloyd Webber, a man who through his compositions has enchanted millions of theatre goers not only on West End but around the world. Andrew Lloyd Webber was born on March 22, 1948, in London, England. His father was a composer and an organist and…show more content…
Phantom later opened on Broadway at the Majestic Theatre on January 26, 1988, where it still resides today, making Phantom the longest running Broadway musical ever, beating out the previous record held by Cats. Phantom grosses over 35.5 million dollars each year, with over 550,000 people in attendance. Webber received the 1988 Tony award for best musical for his work on The Phantom of the Opera (New York Times). Webber’s musical talents have given him recognition in fields other than theatre as well. In 1992 he was knighted as Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber by Elizabeth II and in 1997 he was named a life peer as Baron Lloyd-Webber of Sydmonton. In 1995 he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame as well as being awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for live theatre. He was also raked fifth in the 2008 Telegraph’s list “the 100 most powerful people in British culture." In 2006 Webber received the Kennedy Center Honors alongside Dolly Parton and Steven Spielberg. On top of all these awards Webber has also received seven Tony awards and nine nominations, as well as three Grammy

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