Andrew Lloyd Webber, Baron Lloyd-Webber (born March 22, 1948) is an English composer and impresario of musical theatre. Several of his musicals have run for more than a decade both in the West End and on Broadway. He has composed 13 musicals, a song cycle, a set of variations, two film scores, and a Latin Requiem Mass. Several of his songs have been widely recorded and were hits outside of their parent musicals.
He has received a number of awards, including a knighthood in 1992, followed by a peerage from Queen Elizabeth II for services to Music, seven Tonys, three Grammys (as well as the Grammy Legend Award), an Academy Award, fourteen Ivor Novello Awards, seven Olivier Awards, a Golden Globe, and a Brit Award. 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.
His company, the Really Useful Group, is one of the largest theatre operators in London. Producers in several parts of the UK have staged productions, including national tours, of the Lloyd Webber musicals under licence from the Really Useful Group. Lloyd Webber is also the president of the Arts Educational Schools London, a performing arts school located in Chiswick, West London. He is involved in a number of charitable activities, including the Elton John AIDS Foundation, Nordoff Robbins, Prostate Cancer UK and War Child. In 1992 he set up the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation which supports the arts, culture and heritage in the UK.
As a budding 17 year old musical-theatre composer, he was introduced to a 20-year-old aspiring pop-song writer, Tim Rice, in 1965. It led to a string of successful collaborations between the two.
His younger brother, Julian Lloyd Webber, is a noted solo cellist.
20th Century Highlights
- Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1968)
- Jesus Christ Superstar (1970)
- Jesus Christ Superstar (film, 1973)
- Evita (1976)
- Variations (1978)
- Tell Me On a Sunday (1979)
- Cats (1981)
- Song and Dance (1982)
- Starlight Express (1984)
- Requiem (1985)
- The Phantom of the Opera (1986)
- Aspects of Love (1989)
- Sunset Boulevard (1993)
- Whistle Down the Wind (1996)
- Evita (film, 1996)
- Cats (film, 1998)
- Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (film, 1999)
Julian Lloyd Webber
Julian Lloyd Webber (born April 14, 1951) is a British cellist, conductor and the principal of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
Find out more at julianlloydwebber.com.