Andrew Lloyd Webber: His Life and Works

Andrew Lloyd Webber: His Life and Works

by Michael Walsh
     
 
Jesus Christ Superstar. Evita. Cats. The Phantom of the Opera. Sunset Boulevard. Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit parade of West End and Broadway musicals has established him as the foremost theatrical composer of our time. His shows have broken all theatrical box-office records and have been produced all over the world; successful film versions include Jesus Christ

Overview

Jesus Christ Superstar. Evita. Cats. The Phantom of the Opera. Sunset Boulevard. Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit parade of West End and Broadway musicals has established him as the foremost theatrical composer of our time. His shows have broken all theatrical box-office records and have been produced all over the world; successful film versions include Jesus Christ Superstar and the recent award-winning Evita. In this important critical biography, now fully updated, Michael Walsh makes a complete, unblinking assessment of the man hailed by some critics for his innovations and melodic extravagance and denounced by others for creating "schlock operas" that rely on spectacle more than musical virtuosity.

The illustrations include candid photographs of Lloyd Webber, performance shots of all the shows by world-renowned theater photographers, and sketches for costume designs and sets, providing a rich overview of Lloyd Webber's unique theatrical world.

Editorial Reviews

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Jesus Christ Superstar. Evita. Cats. The Phantom of the Opera. Webber's hit parade of West End and Broadway musicals has established him as the foremost theatrical composer of our time. In this biography, Walsh examines his personal motivations and professional methods. Includes 100 illustrations, 80 in full color.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
There is a fairy-tale quality about this biography, for despite persistent negative reviews and accusations of plagiarism, Andrew Lloyd Webber, whose ability to make money may exceed his talent for making music, has risen to the top with Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Cats, Starlight Express and Phantom of the Opera. After Phantom he was earning $12 million a year; at the age of 41 he is one of the wealthiest and most successful composers of all time. Walsh, music critic of Time , analyzes the works and their influence on musical theater in England and the United States, and he also takes a close look at the man--his childhood, his marriages and his difficult relationships with associates, particularly lyricist Tim Rice and directors Hal Prince and Trevor Nunn. Written in a bouncy style and illustrated with color photographs from the musicals, the book is as glitzy as Lloyd Webber's shows. (Dec.)
Library Journal
Dozens of color photos from the musicals of England's most famous contemporary composer (Cats, Evita, Phantom of the Opera, etc.) decorate this oversized biography by the appreciative Walsh. Presented as a history (with some analysis) of the shows, with a chapter for each that describes ideas, persons, decisions, and production details, the book is short on items from Lloyd Webber's personal life (his first wife refused to be interviewed.) The sewn binding will stand up well to the popularity this book may experience in libraries, especially if the film version of Evita is released. A companion to Craig Zadan's behind-the-scenes book on Stephen Sondheim, Sondheim and Co. (Harper, 1986. 2d ed.).--Bonnie Jo Dopp, District of Columbia P.L.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810912755
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
10/15/1989
Edition description:
Updated/Enlarged
Pages:
287
Product dimensions:
9.07(w) x 11.90(h) x 1.22(d)

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