“What strikes me is that there’s a very fine line between success and failure. Just one ingredient can make the difference.” Andrew Lloyd Webber
Born in London, March 22, 1948, Andrew Lloyd Webber is the composer of some of the world’s best-known musicals including Cats, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Phantom of the Opera, Sunset Boulevard and School Of Rock. As both a composer and a producer, Webber is the recipient of an unprecedented number of awards and honors including seven Tonys, seven Oliviers, a Golden Globe, an Oscar, the Praemium Imperiale, the Richard Rodgers Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre, a BASCA Fellowship, the Kennedy Center Honor, fourteen Ivor Novellos, four Grammys and a Classic Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, as well as having been inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall Of Fame. Webber has had a number of UK Top 10 albums including Cats, Aspects Of Love, The Phantom of the Opera and Evita, which all hit #1. In addition, he has had numerous UK Top 10 singles including “Memory” (Elaine Paige & Sarah Brightman) from Cats, “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina”, “Another Suitcase In Another Hall” and “You Must Love Me” (Madonna) from Evita, “Pie Jesu” (Sarah Brightman & Cliff Richard) from Requiem, “The Music Of The Night” (Michael Crawford) from The Phantom Of The Opera, “The Perfect Year” (Dina Carroll) from Sunset Boulevard and UK #1’s: “No Matter What” (Boyzone) from Whistle Down The Road, “Any Dream Will Do” (Jason Donovan) from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Julie Covington’s version of “Don’t Cry For me Argentina” from the original 1976 Evita production. The New York Times has called Webber “the most commercially successful composer in history”. Webber owns seven London theatres including the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and the London Palladium and his theater production company The Really Useful Group is one of London’s largest. Webber was knighted by Her Majesty The Queen in 1992 and in 1997 was created an honorary member of the House of Lords. He is passionate about the importance of music in education and the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has become one of Britain’s leading charities supporting the arts and music. In 2017, Webber became the only person to equal the record set in 1953 by Rodgers and Hammerstein with four Broadway shows running concurrently, with Sunset Boulevard, School Of Rock, Cats and The Phantom Of The Opera.