The Likes of Us is performed for the first time at Lloyd Webber’s Sydmonton Festival.
Lloyd Webber reunites with Rice one last time to compose a musical for Queen Elizabeth’s 60th birthday, Cricket (Hearts and Wickets). It premieres in the palace for the Queen’s birthday and is not recorded or performed elsewhere.
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.
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.
Rice and Lloyd Webber write a song for Eurovision Song Contest called, Try It and See, which was not selected. With rewritten lyrics, it became King Herod’s Song in their third musical, Jesus Christ Superstar.
Rice and Lloyd Webber team up again on a 15 minute commission piece for the Colet Court School in London, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The storyline is based on the “coat of many colors” story of Joseph from the Bible’s Book of Genesis.
Lloyd Webber’s first collaboration with lyricist Tim Rice is a musical based on the true story of Thomas John Barnardo, a philanthropist and director of homes for poor children in London, The Likes of Us. The play did not gain enough backers to begin production.