Andrew Lloyd Webber

Andrew Lloyd Webber



Andrew Lloyd Webber, Baron Lloyd-Webber (born 22 March 1948), is an English composer and impresario of musical theater. He has created many of the most famous musicals of all time, including The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Evita, and Starlight Express. His production company, Really Useful Group, is one of the largest in London and Lloyd Webber was given a Knighthood in 1992, followed by an honorary peerage in 1997.

Andrew Lloyd Webber was born in London in 1948 into a musical family. His father was the Director of the London College of Music and his brother, Julian, became a celebrated cellist. Lloyd Webber began to play the violin, piano and French horn at an early age and, by the time he turned 6, he was writing his own music. He initially studied at Oxford University but soon dropped out to enroll in the Royal College of Music. When he was 17, he received a letter from Sir Tim Rice (then 21), expressing an interest in writing lyrics for Lloyd Webber's music. This was the beginning of a hugely successful collaboration.

Lloyd Webber and Rice's first musical theater hit was Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat, which opened in 1968 as a short piece, quickly evolving to the full musical we know today. They followed this up with Jesus Christ Superstar in 1971. This production was significant as it started the musical pair's interest in creating a concept album first and following this up with the full production afterwards. The next musical to follow this pattern was Evita, which debuted on the London stage in 1978.

Soon after Evita, Lloyd Webber and Rice stopped working together, but Lloyd Webber's success continued in the 1980s with the huge hits, Cats, Starlight Express, and The Phantom of the Opera. During the 1990s and 21st century he has continued to produce musicals, although they have often been met with differences in critical success. Among the more successful were Sunset Boulevard (1994), The Woman in White (2004), and Love Never Dies (2010). During this time, Lloyd Webber has also dabbled in television work, producing and casting new musical theater stars from reality television shows. In 2015, Lloyd Webber found success on both Broadway and the London stage again with the rock musical, School of Rock. Based on the 2003 film of the same name, the musical has received critical success and was nominated in the Best New Musical category at the 2016 Tony Awards and the 2017 Olivier Awards.

In total, he has composed 13 musicals, a song cycle, a set of variations, two film scores, and a Latin Requiem Mass. He has also gained seven Tony Awards, three Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, fourteen Ivor Novello Awards, seven Olivier Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and the Kennedy Center Honors in 2006. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, is an inductee into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame, and is a fellow of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors.

Shows by Andrew Lloyd Webber


Alex Dillingham, a young soldier, is smitten by Rose Vibart, a young actress whom he meets after her performance at a Montpelier theatre. Alex then invites Rose to spend some time with him at his wealthy uncle's mansion in Pa... read more

The show concerns a group of teenagers growing up amid religious intolerance in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1969. In particular, the members of a local football team, attempt to overcome religious intolerance and violence... read more

The show begins at a benefit gala to raise money for a new church steeple. The banjo-playing guest star is of course none other than the genial but ditzy, Bertie Wooster. When the strings on Bertie's banjo break, his faithful... read more

Based on T.S. Eliot’s whimsical collection of poems, Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s popular musical brings together a tribe of Jellicle Cats on a moonlit evening, who must make the “Jellicle choice... read more

Evita is based on the historical story of María Eva Duarte de Perón, a poor Argentinian girl who grows up to be the wife of the president of Argentina, worshipped by her people. As a young woman who longs for an acting career... read more

Jesus Christ Superstar tells the story of biblical Jesus in the final days leading up to his crucifixion. A rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, the musical has no spoken dialogue and is sometimes considered a mode... read more

The biblical story of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes alive in the musical retelling. Joseph -- the favorite son of Jacob -- is blessed with vivid dreams that foretell the future. Sold into slavery by his jealous bro... read more

In Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s surprising sequel to his epic hit, , the time is 1907; the place, New York City; and the Phantom , having escaped the furious mob in Paris, has done well for himself. As the mysterious impresario behi... read more

Based on the 1910 horror novel by Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera is a thrilling and romantic account of the legendary Phantom, a musical genius who dwells deep beneath a majestic opera house in Paris. Shunned by soci... read more

Tell Me on a Sunday, the first act of Song and Dance by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black, and Richard Maltby Jr. tells the story of an ordinary British hat-maker who journeys to America in search of love. Her romantic misadvent... read more

"Starlight Express" is a nine year old boy's dream. In his dream, his toy trains come to life for a spectacular race across America. The competition between steam, electric, and diesel engines is fast and fierce with entries... read more

Both haunting and desperately sad, Sunset Boulevard revolves around the former star of the silent screen era, Norma Desmond. Aging and largely forgotten for years, she lives in her dilapidated mansion in Hollywood with her bu... read more

Tell Me on a Sunday, a one-act song cycle by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black, and Richard Maltby Jr. tells the story of an ordinary British hat-maker who journeys to America in search of love. Her romantic misadventures take h... read more

Based on the book of the same title by Mary Hayley Bell, and later produced as a movie in the hands of Richard Attenborough, Whistle Down the Wind is set in a small, deeply religious town in Louisiana of the 1950s. A poor far... read more

The Woman in White is a story of love, betrayal and greed. The show revolves around two women, Marian Halcombe, the elder, and Laura Fairlie, her beautiful, younger, half sister. The evil Sir Pervival Glyde is plotting to tak... read more


United Kingdom
Show Categories
Romance, Comedy, Farce, Drama, Fairy Tale/Fantasy, Historical/Biographical, Horror