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Andrew Lloyd Webber

Andrew Lloyd Webber (b. 1948) is the most successful composer of musicals of his generation and also a breaker of molds for the type. His predecessors were, for the most part, American: New York-based songwriters steeped in Broadway tradition. Lloyd Webber saw his share of shows as a child, too, but he was born in London, the son of William Lloyd Webber, Director of the London College of Music, and was trained at the Royal Academy of Music, hardly the sort of place where you'd be likely to hear Oklahoma!

Nevertheless, Lloyd Webber hooked up with lyricist Tim Rice, and the two began work on what would be a typical project for them, a musical based on the Biblical story of Joseph and his coat of many colors. Titled Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, it brought in a strong rock & roll influence. After writing a second unproduced musical, the two hit on the idea of writing a musical based on the life of Jesus Christ from the point of view of Judas (not the sort of idea likely to occur to a Broadway composer) and, again, imbued with rock. Unable to finance a stage version, Lloyd Webber and Rice did manage to record their show, and Jesus Christ Superstar went on to sales in the millions all over the world. The hit musical version followed.

Lloyd Webber and Rice then split, with the composer writing film scores and working on an abortive musical with playwright Alan Ayckbourne (Jeeves), after which Rice returned with another audacious idea: a musical based on the life of Argentine dictator (or dictator's wife, depending on how you look at it) Eva Peron. Evita (1976) repeated the pattern of Jesus Christ Superstar, with its hit record album followed by a successful theatrical run in the West End and then on Broadway.

The Lloyd Webber-Rice partnership, having proved itself again, was severed (Rice went on to write Chess), and Lloyd Webber next wrote a musical revue based on T.S. Eliot's whimsical poems about Cats (1981). This time, the show came before the album, and it's still running. By this time, Lloyd Webber had largely abandoned the rock elements of his work in favor of what critics found a pastiche style that borrowed from classical and opera sources. He had also become a brand name (and a corporation, the Really Useful Company) that assured at least a modest success for subsequent shows, though critics were often unimpressed with his efforts.

Downgrading the status of his lyricists, Lloyd Webber went on to a series of successful shows (Song and Dance, Starlight Express) before scoring another long- (and still-) running hit in 1987 (1988 in New York) with a musical adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera. Aspects of Love (1989-1990) was less successful, however. Lloyd Webber debuted a musical adaptation of the Billy Wilder film Sunset Boulevard in the early '90s, and it proved to be one of his rare disappointments, failing to earn either good reviews or healthy ticket sales. In 1996, Alan Parker adapted Evita for the screen; Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice contributed a new song, "You Must Love Me," to the production, which starred Madonna. "You Must Love Me" won the Best Original Song award at the 1997 Academy Awards. ~ William Ruhlmann
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I love this song
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I love all his musicals! I wish he could be here to make more. :( :)
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Phantom is my favorite musical and is my Fandom!
Phangirl for life!!
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I love the phantom of the opera sooooo much
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I love your phantom of the opera its ll I listen to everyday lol
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The Best Ever Phantom of the Opera plus Cats.
Love the Theater
Also Jesus Christ Superstar - long long ago at the Fox
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How come they don't have The Phantom of the Opera or Love Never Dies on his discography? In my opinion they are his best works. I don't care for the story of Love Never Dies but the music is so beautiful. I even bought the music book for it so I can play the songs on the piano!
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Like !
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ked1949rocks
Barbara Christmas
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Kiss your left hand
Say crushes name
Close hand
Say a day
Look at your hand
Post on 15 other songs
Ur crush will ask you out the day u said
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Love the phantom best I've ever seen
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Great duet combo, plus this song is so romantic. Summer time.
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Am I'm obsessed musical sent video
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Tony awards 2013
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Joseph and the technicolor dreamcoat
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Isn't 'the heart is slow to learn' the same tune of 'Love Never Dies'?
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adipeppino1
I love the soning
It is so cool
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Love d##### for all time
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Just love poto so much, this music means so much to my bf and I. Follow for a follow if ur bf/gf loves this.
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tesfam41
Close your eyes, let your spirit start to soar!!!!!!!! ! ! ! And you'll live as you've never lived before...... . Softly, deftly, music shall surround you.... feel it, hear it, closing in around you.... Open up your mind, let your fantasies unwind in this darkness which you know you cannot fight....... . . . listen to the music of the niiiiiiiiggg g g h h h h h h t t t t t t ! ! !

This song is soooooooo beautiful!!! ! Love Phantom of the Opera! :D
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Motto Is me lead role star knows the
Sprit take acting class Cirri I loved near
Providence better wicked les Mis never
Died this Is my favorite les Miserables
Movie Oscar best awesome played
Young Colette
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This is one of my favorite Broadway's. I have seen phantom, the sequal love never dies, and wicked. I've also seen a lot of Broadway's on Disney. I love music.
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"Music of the Night" is the most beautiful song in existence.
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Read my bio. Follow me if u luv poto. I will follow back!
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I LOVE THIS SONG
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anna01757
In every piece Andrew Lloyd Webber has touched, there is the undeniable brilliance. Phantom of the Opera is the greatest musical of all time. No one likes CATS but its saving grace is the score that Webber wrote!
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SOOOO ROMANTIC����
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Phantom of the Oprea: full of the most beautiful music ever to be head
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I've read the book as well, after seeing the movie! :D And if you hate it, porterfield, then don't say anything at all! :)
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LOVE. Simply love.
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Love Phantom Of The Opera!!!!!!!
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dorianmoore
Seen the movie and sang the song at JPLP with Friends
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i hate this stuff
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Read the book, both equally fantastic. I love Erik, wish he didn't have such a tragic ending...
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maeflower816
Can't tire of Andrew Lloyd Weber is the most amazing musical man ever!!
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amy31562
Meatloaf does the best version of this song, Suzanne? Where can I hear it?
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I totally agree with everyone that thinks she should gone with the phantom
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mookiekat327
to pazzz97 you have missed the point. christine became passionately intriged with the phantom in the beginning only to turn from him after seeing his face. she only chose him again because he gave her a choice between being with him and letting raaul die. her prayer was for her to be strong and show the phantom her kindness since she had chosen raaul's life over her own. the phantom, hoping christine would choose him, let her go because he loved her too much to force her into a life of loveless
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I love Andrew Loyd Weber soooo much!!!!!!
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pazzz97
@everyone saying Christine should have been w/ the Phantom: um, she chose the Phantom in the end. "Pitiful creature of darkness, what kind of love have you known? God give me courage to show you, you are not alone!" And then she kissed him. She chose him, and he let her go. It was his choice, not hers.
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Andrew Lloyd Weber is too amazing to believe. I also love No Matter What by Stephen Gately and Ronan Keating.

-Mighty Hicks
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I am in love with, Love Never Dies
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Christine should have been with the phantom. Just sayin
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This is by far one of my favorite songs EVER
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I love love never dies
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Love The Phantom!!!
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love it. never tire of it.
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jonnabruney
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat is my favorite of his! It is fantastic!
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Since I was twelve I have loved Phantom Of the Opera. All I Ask of You is my favorite song. I personally think that Christiana should have been with the phantom instead of the other guy, but that is just me.
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hawkeye322
Phantom of the Opera in Play on Netfix is incrediable, after the play is a must see
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