Along the way, he has collected a variety of honors, including knighthood, seven Tony Awards, three Grammy Awards, an Oscar and Kennedy Center recognition. Andrew Lloyd Webber was born on March 22, , in London. Lloyd Webber comes from a musical family: his father was the director of the London College of Music, his mother was a piano teacher and his younger brother, Julian, is a renowned cellist. A true prodigy, early in life Lloyd Webber played the piano, the violin at age 3 and the French horn, and began writing his own music at age 6. However, his true calling pulled him in another direction, and he dropped out in the winter of to study at the Royal College of Music and explore his interest in musical theater. That same year, when he was 17 years old, Lloyd Webber received a letter from year-old law student Tim Rice. Tim Rice. The play debuted on March 1, , and was an immediate success.
Who Is Andrew Lloyd Webber?
Scroll back in time to and follow Andrew from his childhood love of music and through his illustrious career in musical theatre. The year-old budding musical-theatre composer was introduced to the year-old aspiring pop-song writer Tim Rice. Their first collaboration was The Likes of Us.
Andrew Lloyd Webber , in full Andrew Lloyd Webber, Baron Lloyd-Webber of Sydmonton , also called —97 Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber , born March 22, , London , England , English composer and theatrical producer whose eclectic rock-based works helped revitalize British and American musical theatre , beginning in the late 20th century. Their first notable venture was Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat , a pop oratorio for children that earned worldwide popularity in a later full-length version. That show became the longest-running musical in British theatrical history. The London production received the Olivier Award for best musical, and the Broadway staging won seven Tony Awards , including best musical and best score. In the Broadway version of Cats —which had earlier won the Tony Award for best musical and best score and a Grammy Award for best original Broadway cast recording—eclipsed the record set by the American musical A Chorus Line to become the longest-running show ever on Broadway. The Broadway and London productions of Cats closed in and , respectively, after more than 7, performances each. Lloyd Webber experienced nearly the same level of commercial success with Starlight Express ; lyrics by Richard Stilgoe , in which performers notoriously donned roller skates to portray anthropomorphic toy trains; the show ran in London for more than 17 years. Two years after winning the Olivier for best musical, the show opened on Broadway and won best musical at the Tony Awards. In it surpassed Cats to become the longest-running Broadway show.
He has composed 21 musicals, a song cycle , a set of variations , two film scores , and a Latin Requiem Mass. In The New York Times referred to him as "the most commercially successful composer in history". 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. Andrew Lloyd Webber was born in Kensington , London, the elder son of William Lloyd Webber — , a composer and organist, and Jean Hermione Johnstone — , a violinist and pianist.