Andrew Lloyd Webber

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9 Sep, 2012

Superstar Arena Tour

The arena tour of Jesus Christ Superstar stars Ben Forster as Jesus, comedian Tim Minchin as Judas Iscariot, former Spice Girl, Melaine C as Mary Magdalene, and BBC Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles as King Herod. The new performance adds up-to-date technology such as iPhones and Twitter to the 1970’s musical.

26 May, 2012

Eurovision 2012 controversy

Announcement

Lloyd Webber causes controversy with a series of comments about Eurovision in a Radio Times interview:

I don’t think there’s any point in beating around the bush. I saw no black faces on the program. I was questioned by the press over Jade Even’s race, and I think, we would have placed second, but there’s a problem when you go further east. If you’re talking about Western Europe, it’s fine, but Ukraine, not so good.

8 Oct, 2009

Love Never Dies

Death

Love Never Dies is Lloyd Webber’s attempt at a sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, set in 1907, approximately 10 years after the original Phantom. In the sequel, Christine is invited to perform in a new attraction in Coney Island. She travels to Brooklyn unaware that it is the Phantom that arranged her appearance.

7 Aug, 2009

Cancer free

Illness

Lloyd Webber announces that, as a result of having is prostate surgically removed, he is cancer-free. However, as a result, he says he can never have sex again:

I’m a ladies’ man who can never make love. I’m resigned to that.

20 Sep, 2006

Kennedy Center Honors

Lloyd Webber is named to be a recipient of the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors, being recognized for his outstanding contribution to American performing arts.

16 Sep, 2004

The Woman in White

One of Lloyd Webber’s shortest lived shows, The Woman in White, premieres in London. It runs for 19 months in London’s West End and only three months on Broadway.

21 Jan, 2004

‘Phantom’ film released

Film Appearance

Starring Gerard Butler, Emmy Rossum and Minnie Driver, Phantom of the Opera is released as a feature film. The film is produced and co-written by Lloyd Webber:

The film looks and sounds fabulous and I think it’s an extraordinarily fine document of the stage show. While it doesn’t deviate much from the stage material, the film has given it an even deeper emotional center. It’s not based on the theater visually or direction-wise, but it’s still got exactly the same essence. And that’s all I could have hoped for.

Phantom of the Opera Trailer

14 Mar, 1998

Whistle Down the Wind

Based on the 1961 film, Lloyd Webber teams up with rocker Tim Steinman, Meat Loaf, and Bonnie Tyler for Whistle Down the Wind. Originally premiering in Washington, the production is most noticable for the number one hit, No Matter What.

4 Jan, 1997

Breaks costume change record

Madonna breaks the Guinness World Record for Most Costume Changes in a Film. In Evita, Madonna changes costumes 85 times – which includes 39 hats, 45 pairs of shoes, and 56 pairs of earrings. The record was previously held by Elizabeth Taylor for the 1963 film, Cleopatra, which had 65 costume changes.

Sunset wins 7 Tonys

Sunset Boulevard wins 7 awards at the 49th Annual Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Original Score.

9 Apr, 1994

Lord Lloyd-Webber

Queen Elizabeth makes Lloyd Webber a life-peer as Baron Lloyd-Webber of Sydmonton in the County of Hampshire. His proper title is Lord Lloyd-Webber, the title is hyphenated though the name is not. He sits as a conservative member of the House of Lords.

12 Jul, 1993

Sunset Boulevard

Based on the critically acclaimed movie, Lloyd Webber creates Sunset Boulevard. In spite of the shows popularity and extensive run in London’s West End, it lost money due to the sheer expense of production.

28 Jan, 1992

Knighted

Lloyd Webber is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II of England to become Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber.

21 Feb, 1990

Legend Award

Lloyd Webber wins the Grammy Legend Award at the 32nd Annual Grammy Awards for his career-long influence on performing arts.

10 Apr, 1989

Aspects of Love

Featuring several songs from the Queen’s birthday musical, Cricket, Lloyd Webber releases Aspects of Love. The aspects refer to the several types of love present in the play: the love between siblings, couples, parents and children, and hints of same-sex attraction. The musical ran in London for four years and only seven months on Broadway.

6 Sep, 1986

Phantom of the Opera

Inspired by the 1911 Gaston Leroux novel, Lloyd Webber premiers Phantom of the Opera, in which a gorgeous woman becomes the obsession of a mysterious, disfigured musical genius. Lloyd Webber writes the lead role of Christine for this then-wife, Sarah Brightman.

25 Feb, 1986

Wins Grammy

Grammy

Webber wins the Grammy for Best Contemporary Composition for Lloyd Webber: Requiem.

28 Feb, 1984

Wins Grammy

Grammy

Webber wins the Grammy for Best Cast Show Album for Cats (Complete Original Broadway Cast Recording).

11 May, 1981

Cats

With no lyrical help, Lloyd Webber turns to the poetry of T.S. Elliot to compose the score of the longest running London musical, Cats. The p[roduction ran for 21 years in London and 18 in Broadway before closing.

25 Feb, 1981

Wins Grammy

Grammy

Webber wins the Grammy for Best Cast Show Album for Evita – Premier American Recording.

8 May, 1978

Evita

Lloyd Webber and Rice collaborate once again to write Evita, a musical based on the life of Eva Peron. The song Don’t Cry for Me Argentina became a hit single and the musical was staged at the Prince Edward Theatre, directed by Harold Prince starring Elaine Paige.

26 Jan, 1974

Golden Globe nominations

Nomination

Ted Neeley and Carl Anderson are nominated for two Golden Globe Awards for their portrayals of Jesus Christ and Judas Iscariot in the 1973 film adaptation of “Jesus Christ Superstar”.

9 Aug, 1971

Jesus Christ Superstar

Jesus Christ Superstar opens in London as a rock-opera loosely based on the Gospel’s accounts of the last week of Jesus’ life, beginning with the preparation of Jesus and his disciples in Jerusalem and ending with the crucifixion.

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