Andrew Lloyd Webber (Yale Broadway Masters Series) by John Snelson

By John Snelson

Andrew Lloyd Webber is the main famous—and such a lot controversial—composer of musical theater alive this day. 1000's of hundreds of thousands of individuals have visible his musicals, which come with Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, Starlight show, Joseph and the fantastic Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ famous person, Evita, and sundown side road. much more understand his songs.Lloyd Webber’s many awards comprise seven Tonys and 3 Grammys—but he has still been the topic of better severe vitriol than any of his inventive friends. Why have either the guy and his paintings provoked such severe responses? Does he problem his audiences, or basically recycle the comfy and typical? Over 3 many years, how has Lloyd Webber replaced essentially what a musical can be?In this sustained exam of Lloyd Webber’s artistic occupation, the track pupil John Snelson explores the gigantic variety of impacts that experience educated Lloyd Webber’s paintings, from movie, rock, and pa song to Lloyd Webber’s personal lifestyles tale. This rigorous and sympathetic survey should be crucial examining for a person drawn to Lloyd Webber’s musicals and the realm of contemporary musical theater that he has been so instrumental in shaping.

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Light pop in the service of a Bible story to be performed by schoolchildren was seen as part of these tendencies, bringing something secular to the sacred and vice versa, to the benefit of both. Rock, however, with its more rebellious stance toward society and the frequently overpowering energy of its delivery, was a different matter. Pop was comforting, rock was a threat. And it was rock that came to the fore when the album of Jesus Christ Superstar was finally released in October 1970, first in England, then in America.

18 06:50 t e l l i n g ta l e s 27 and on Broadway (2001)—though to only qualified popular and critical success. The ghost of Her Majesty’s Theatre was laid to rest when The Phantom of the Opera took up prolonged residence in 1986. The life story of Eva Perón had a similar biographical arc to that of Jesus—lowly origin, rise to influence, political threat, and untimely death— and its musicalization as Evita also shared with Jesus Christ Superstar a rock opera format on a concept album (released in 1976).

By the middle of 2002 only The Phantom of the Opera remained in the West End and on Broadway. Despite these recent closures, the story is one of undeniable success. Over some thirty-five years Lloyd Webber has demonstrated talent, instinct, inspiration, and shrewdness in a sustained and winning combination. Individuality and collaboration, originality and adaptation, high art and popular appeal, aesthetic aims and business tactics: in what proportions these various qualities have been combined in Lloyd Webber—both man and works— has been addressed continually in popular writings on him.

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