Webber, Andrew Lloyd

From Astro-Databank
Jump to: navigation, search
Name
Webber, Andrew Lloyd Gender: M
born on 22 March 1948 at 16:00 (= 4:00 PM )
Place Westminster, England, 51n30, 0w09
Timezone GDT h1e (is daylight saving time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 01°54' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 27°04 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 28°18'



Andrew Lloyd Webber
photo: Tracey Nolan from Toronto, Canada, license cc-by-sa-2.0

Biography

British composer, playwright and impresario noted for some of the greatest hit shows of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. With Tim Rice as his collaborator, Lloyd-Webber's first three hits were "Joseph and the Amazing Tehnicolour Dreamcoat," 1968, "Jesus Christ superstar," 1970 and "Evita," 1978. His greatest success was "Cats," 1981. He was knighted in 1992 to become a Lord. Webber is known for his ability to blend disparate genres into musical spectacles with hugely popular appeal. His musicals are credited with revitalizing British and American theatre during the late 20th century, and he is considered the most successful musical composer of his generation. Born in London, Andrew is the son of the director of the London College of Music. His younger brother Julian was born three years later. His musical training began when he was a child and he composed his first musical, "The Toy Theatre" at the age of seven. By age 17, he had written eight more. From the time his Aunt Vi introduced him to theatre, he was intent on writing music. In 1956, while at Westminster, he began composing the music for school plays. He was awarded a scholarship, granting him reduced tuition costs, and in 1964, he won another scholarship, and transferred to the University of Oxford. He read history at Oxford but dropped out after one term, finding musical theater much more appealing. In 1967, he co-wrote, with Timothy Rice, "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" for a school performance. "Joseph" was finally produced on Broadway in 1981. Although Lloyd-Webber and Rice collaborated on several musicals, their last major effort together was "Evita." The maestro gradually gained quite a reputation for his publicized break-ups with various performers. "Cats," based on T.S. Eliot's verses, was hugely successful, becoming both the longest-running musical in British theatrical history and the longest-running show on Broadway where it played for more than 7,000 performances. In 1984, Webber produced the most expensive musical ever created up to that point, "Starlight Express," and he followed it with the long-time favorite "Phantom of the Opera," in 1986. His production of "Sunset Boulevard" in the early 1990s was one of his rare failures. In October 1982, Lloyd-Webber was the first impresario to have three musicals running concurrently in New York and three in London. However, he equaled that record in January 1988 with the opening of "Phantom of the Opera" in New York. The recipient of multiple Tony Awards, a Grammy Award and the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award, he was honored with the Grammy Legends Award in 1990. Lloyd-Webber’s first marriage was in 1971 to Sarah Hugill; it ended in divorce in 1984. His second wife, singer Sarah Brightman, auditioned for his show 'Cats', and married him two years later on March 22, 1984 ("I fell in love with her three-octave soprano," he quipped). Her growing success as a performer took her away from home, and eventually Andrew left Sarah for another woman. On 2/15/1991, he married his third wife, Madeleine Gurdon who was equipped to play hostess and give the millionaire tycoon a much-needed hair and wardrobe make-over. He manages to have remarkably good relationships with both his ex-wives.

In March 1998, he revealed that he had been suffering from a mystery illness for the last ten years which left him, at times, chronically ill.

The Andrew Lloyd Webber and T.S. Eliot musical "Cats," which earned $1.43 billion around the world and was long the butt of David Letterman jokes, lived beyond its 20th birthday as London's longest-running musical.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Relationships

  • business associate/partner relationship with Rice, Tim (born 10 November 1944)

Events

  • Work : Begin Major Project 1956 (Began composing music for school plays)
  • Social : Begin a program of study 1964 (University of Oxford)
  • Work : New Career 9 November 1970 (A review in 'Time' begins Broadway career)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Relationship : Marriage 1971 (Sarah Hugill)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 12 October 1971 (First night on Broadway of 'Jesus Christ Superstar')
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 21 June 1978 at 8:20 PM in London, England (West End opening of "Evita")
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1981 (Beginning of "Cats")
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 27 January 1982 (First night on Broadway of 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat')
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Relationship : Divorce dates 1984 (From Hugill)
  • Relationship : Marriage 22 March 1984 (Sarah Brightman)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 9 October 1986 at 8:00 PM (West End opening of 'Phantom' (US premiere on Jan 26, 1988))
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Work : Prize 1990 (Grammy Legends Award)
  • Relationship : Marriage 15 February 1991 (Madeleine Gurdon)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Work : Prize 1992 (Knighted)
  • Health : Medical diagnosis March 1998 (Mysterious illness)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

Pamela Crane quotes his mother, Jean, in July 1987. Date also from International Who's Who in Music Vol 1/15th Ed.

Categories

  • Traits : Body : Appearance unattractive (Round puffy face)
  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (First of two boys)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Three)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Work in team/ Tandem (Collaborated with Tim Rice)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Wealthy (Multimillionaire)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Composer/ Arranger (Composer)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Song writer
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Director (Musicals, impresario)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Entertain Producer (Musicals)
  • Notable : Extraordinary Talents : For Music
  • Notable : Awards : Grammy
  • Notable : Awards : Knighted (Lord)
  • Notable : Awards : Tony
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award (Numerous)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession

Personal tools