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Also Known As: Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber Died:
Born: March 22, 1948 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: composer, producer, executive

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Music that transcended the ages was Andrew Lloyd Webber's gift to the world. A musical genius, Webber composed some of the most visually stunning and lushly orchestrated stage productions that enjoyed universal acceptance and commercial success. An unstoppable force throughout his decades-long career, Webber was rewarded with an incalculable number of awards including Tonys, Grammys, and International Emmys, among others, for his extensive body of work - not just on stage but also in film and on television. He first shot to fame with the high-energy musical "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" (1968); the musical prelude to the numerous successful collaborations he enjoyed with lyricist Tim Rice. Webber kept up the tempo with the groundbreaking rock opera, "Jesus Christ Superstar" (1971) before mesmerizing audiences worldwide with the sweeping ballads and eclectic melodies found in the biopic "Evita" (1978). In 1981, Webber cranked up the volume and wrote the music for the eye-popping production "Cats," one of the longest-running international musicals. It was all a build-up to his most extravagant stage musical, "The Phantom of the Opera" (1986), a haunting love story that captured the...

Music that transcended the ages was Andrew Lloyd Webber's gift to the world. A musical genius, Webber composed some of the most visually stunning and lushly orchestrated stage productions that enjoyed universal acceptance and commercial success. An unstoppable force throughout his decades-long career, Webber was rewarded with an incalculable number of awards including Tonys, Grammys, and International Emmys, among others, for his extensive body of work - not just on stage but also in film and on television. He first shot to fame with the high-energy musical "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" (1968); the musical prelude to the numerous successful collaborations he enjoyed with lyricist Tim Rice. Webber kept up the tempo with the groundbreaking rock opera, "Jesus Christ Superstar" (1971) before mesmerizing audiences worldwide with the sweeping ballads and eclectic melodies found in the biopic "Evita" (1978). In 1981, Webber cranked up the volume and wrote the music for the eye-popping production "Cats," one of the longest-running international musicals. It was all a build-up to his most extravagant stage musical, "The Phantom of the Opera" (1986), a haunting love story that captured the hearts of millions worldwide, due to its breathtaking stage design, lavish costumes and piercingly beautiful music that could only have come from Webber's magical imagination. Webber's influence was very much felt in the industry. In 2010, he unveiled the West End production of "Love Never Dies," the much-anticipated sequel to "Phantom," which proved a strong testament to his enduring music legacy.

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1959:
Published first composition, "The Toy Theatre Suite"
1965:
First major collaboration with lyricist Tim Rice, "The Likes of Us," a musical based on the true story of Thomas John Barnardo; was not performed until as recently as 2005
1968:
Wrote first full-scale musical, "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat"; lyrics by Tim Rice
1969:
Commissioned by RCA to write opera based on single, "Jesus Christ Superstar"; enjoyed great success as double album in 1970
1971:
First Broadway production, "Jesus Christ Superstar"; lyrics by Tim Rice
1971:
First film as composer, "Gumshoe"; directed by Stephen Frears
1972:
First West End production, "Jesus Christ Superstar"
1973:
Norman Jewison directed a film adaptation of Webber's "Jesus Christ Superstar"
1975:
Had rare failure with musical "Jeeves"; written in collaboration with Alan Ayckbourn; show later re-tooled and produced under the title "By Jeeves"
1976:
Collaborated with Rice once again for "Evita" (transferred to Broadway in 1979)
1978:
Collaborated with his cellist brother Julian on the album, <i>Variations</i>, based on the 24th Caprice by Paganini; main theme is still used as the theme tune for ITV1's long-running "South Bank Show"
1981:
Collaborated with poet T. S. Eliot for "Cats," which opened in London's West End (opened on Broadway in 1982)
1984:
Began an 18-year run of "Starlight Express" in London's West End (opened on Broadway in 1987, but had a limited run)
1984:
Wrote the poorly received "Requiem," which was first performed at St. Thomas Church in New York
1986:
Premiered the musical, "The Phantom of the Opera" in London; wrote the part of Christine for his then wife, Sarah Brightman; Lyrics by Charles Hart
1989:
Wrote the musical, "Aspects of Love," with lyrics by Don Black and Charles Hart; original production was directed by Trevor Nunn (had a limited run on Broadway)
1992:
With Don Black, wrote the song "Amigos Para Siempre ¿ Friends for Life" for the Barcelona Olympics; performed by ex-wife Sarah Brightman
1993:
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
1993:
Wrote a musical based on Billy Wilder's critically acclaimed movie, "Sunset Boulevard"; had an extensive run in London's West End and opened on Broadway in 1995
1996:
Re-teamed with Tim Rice for the song "You Must Love Me" for the feature film, "Evita"; directed by Alan Parker and starred Madonna
2000:
Collaborated with Ben Elton on the stage musical, "The Beautiful Game," which opened in London's West End
2000:
Revival of "Jesus Christ Superstar" opened on Broadway
2002:
Produced the stage musical "Bombay Dreams" with Indian composer A. R. Rahman; opened on Broadway in 2004
2004:
Produced the film adaptation of "The Phantom of the Opera"; film earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Picture (Musical or Comedy) and Webber received Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for Best Original Song "Learn to be Lonely"
2006:
Produced the London revival of the stage musical, "The Sound of Music"
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Education

Westminster School: London , England -
University of Oxford: Oxford , England - 1965
Royal College of Music: - 1966
Guildhall School of Music and Drama: London , England - 1966

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wife:
Sarah Tudor Hugill. Met when she was 16 years old; married on July 24, 1971; divorced in July 1983; mother of Lloyd Webber's two older children; later married to magazine executive Jeremy Norris in July 1985.
wife:
Sarah Brightman. Singer, actor. Born on August 14, 1961; second wife; met Lloyd Webber while performing in "Cats"; married on March 22, 1984; divorced on November 5, 1990; formerly married to Andrew Graham-Steward.
wife:
Madeleine Astrid Gurdon. Born c. 1963; married on February 1, 1991; mother of Lloyd Webber's three younger children.

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father:
William Lloyd Webber. Director of London College of Music. Born 1914; died 1982.
mother:
Jean Hermione Lloyd Webber. Music teacher.
aunt:
Viola Johnstone Crosby. Actor.
brother:
Julian Lloyd Webber. Cellist. Born on April 14, 1951.
daughter:
Imogen Lloyd Webber. Born in 1977; mother, Sarah Hugill.
son:
Nicholas Lloyd Webber. Born in 1979; mother, Sarah Hugill.
son:
Alastair Adam Lloyd Webber. Born in 1992; mother, Madeline Gurdon.
son:
William Richard Lloyd Webber. Born in 1993; mother, Madeline Gurdon.
daughter:
Isabella Aurora Lloyd Webber. Born on April 30, 1996; mother, Madeline Gurdon.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Andrew Lloyd Webber: His Life & Works" Viking
"Cat on a Chandelier: The Andrew Lloyd Webber Story" Hutchinson

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