In the Theatrical World, famous names and marquees are an open invitation to a great show. A first success often leads to the fast track for future endeavors on the stage. Occasionally, there will be an iconic presence that finds their destiny in the Theater life. One such figure had made a name for himself in all corners of the globe. He is known for having a spectacular vision alongside a dynamic perspective of the arts. Andrew Lloyd Weber has contributed a fascinating talent which created an entire era of magnificent Musicals.
The Life of Andrew Lloyd Weber
Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Theatrical journey began on March 22, 1948 in London. Born to a musically inclined family, his father was the director of the college of Music and his mother taught the piano. Weber had an inclination towards music from a young age. He played the piano, violin and wrote his own music before he was 7 years old. Despite his exceptional talent, he had a proclivity for History.
As the years passed, Andrew decided his future would lie in the study of Historical monuments. Earning a Queens Scholar status, he started his furthered education in Oxford. A few months later in 1965, Andrew Lloyd Weber made a decision that would change his life. Following his true calling of music brought him to switch schools and attend the Royal College of Music. At 17 years old, he embarked down the path that would lead him to becoming one of the most famous Theater names of our time.
The Famous Andrew Lloyd Weber
Weber is most associated with his long-time partner in Music, Tim Rice. Starting with an inquisitive letter the two became a celebrated collaboration of Music. Andrew was 17 years old and Rice was 21 when they worked on their first Music piece. “The Likes of Us” was a musical that set the pace for their next project. Still waiting to see the stage, they continued to write smaller shows.
“Pop-Cantata” is the now famous “Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat” that started as a twenty minute presentation. Continual additions were added until it turned into the two hour spectacular we see today. The spotlight kept shining as “Jesus Christ Superstar”, “Jeeves” and “Evita” were acclaimed hits. The 1980s marked a new period for Andrew Lloyd Weber. He went his separate way from Rice pursuing his own envisioned projects. He was now established making it easy to find directors and contributors to work with.
Andrew Lloyd Weber on Stage
At the highlight of Weber’s career, he won several esteemed awards and a Knighthood for his gracious role in the Theater. A variety of ventures were underway including two of his biggest hits to date. “Cats” and “The Phantom of the Opera” which can still be seen decades after their debut. Weber has been involved in the Arts in many ways helping aspiring writers, directors and actors find their own dreams.