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Unmasked You have the luck of Croesus on stilts as my Auntie Vi would have said if you ve had the sort of career, ups and downs, warts and all that I have in that wondrous little corner of show business called musical theatre One of the most successful and distinguished artists of our time, Andrew Lloyd Webber has reigned over the musical theatre world for nearly five decades The winner of numerous awards, including multiple Tonys and an Oscar, Lloyd Webber has enchanted millions worldwide with his music and numerous hit shows, including Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Cats, The Phantom of the Opera Broadway s longest running show and most recently, School of Rock In Unmasked, written in his own inimitable, quirky voice, the revered, award winning composer takes stock of his achievements, the twists of fate and circumstance which brought him both success and disappointment, and the passions that inspire and sustain himThe son of a music professor and a piano teacher, Lloyd Webber reveals his artistic influences, from his idols Rodgers and Hammerstein and the perfection of South Pacific s Some Enchanted Evening, to the pop and rock music of the s and Puccini s Tosca, to P G Wodehouse and T S Eliot Lloyd Webber recalls his bohemian London youth, reminiscing about the happiest place of his childhood, his homemade Harrington Pavilion a make believe world of musical theatre in which he created his earliest entertainmentsA record of several exciting and turbulent decades of British and American musical theatre and the transformation of popular music itself, Unmasked is ultimately a chronicle of artistic creation Lloyd Webber looks back at the development of some of his most famous works and illuminates his collaborations with luminaries such as Tim Rice, Robert Stigwood, Harold Prince, Cameron Mackintosh, and Trevor Nunn Taking us behind the scenes of his productions, Lloyd Webber reveals fascinating details about each show, including the rich cast of characters involved with making them, and the creative and logistical challenges and artistic political battles that ensuedLloyd Webber shares his recollections of the works that have become cultural touchstones for generations of fans writings songs for a school production that would become his first hit, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat finding the coterie of performers for his classic rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar developing his first mega hit, Evita, which would win seven Tonys Awards, including Best Musical staking his reputation and fortune on the groundbreaking Cats and making history with the dazzling The Phantom of the OperaReflecting a life that included many passions from architecture to Turkish Swimming Cats , full of witty and revealing anecdotes, and featuring cameo appearances by numerous celebrities Elaine Paige, Sarah Brightman, David Frost, Julie Covington, Judi Dench, Richard Branson, AR Rahman, Mandy Patinkin, Patti LuPone, Richard Rodgers, Norman Jewison, Milos Forman, Pl cido Domingo, Barbra Streisand, Michael Crawford, Gillian Lynne, Betty Buckley, and Unmasked at last reveals the true face of the extraordinary man beneath the storied legend


15 thoughts on “Unmasked

  1. Noelle Hall Noelle Hall says:

    Having enjoyed Andrew Lloyd Webber s music since I was in my twenties I was interested to read his account of his journey Critics questioned the amount of detail but I found that the complex information about finance, production, conducting, arranging and so on served to remove any illusions the reader might have that producing a successful musical is only about one person s talent.The book is very honest and at times very funny I would have liked it to go on but the summary at the end was helpful As a result of reading the book I ordered CD versions of the shows and music I had only had on vinyl so that I can listen to them in the car


  2. I. Shepherd I. Shepherd says:

    Full of detail, this memoir is compelling reading Fascinating to discover all the ins and outs of mounting the various productions both here and on Broadway I am glad that Andrew mentions his father s composition Aurora as it is not only one of William s finest works but a British orchestral masterpiece I really look forward to reading the next instalment.


  3. Sue Blackmore Sue Blackmore says:

    This book is a must read for all readers who enjoy the modern musical An insight as to Andrew Lloyd Webber s inspiration of composing such brilliant works known to his credit and career, also many of the ups and downs of life along the way His talent ranks highly in my opinion, he will be always regarded as one of the greatest composers of our time, an ambassador of the UK, taking his place and rightly so, with other great composers, Rodgers and Hammerstien, Cole Porter, Lerner and Lowe, Gilbert and Sullivan, etc A man with a gift and extremely unforgettable talent


  4. Claire M. Claire M. says:

    The most awesome read ever. if you love musical and want to get behind the madness and mayhem behind the creative mind this book is just amazing What a shame that the book ends at Phantom. would love to read part 2.Andrew writes in the most interesting, witty way and has a fabulous sense of humour that made this book a page turner and was totally unable to put down.


  5. Kindle Customer Kindle Customer says:

    What wonderful reading No pompous boring bits Lots of laugh out loud moments The honesty is humbling.Andrew Lloyd Webber is a true Angel of Music.


  6. Dr.Angela.C.Hamblin Dr.Angela.C.Hamblin says:

    I have just finished this superb memoir I have always loved the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber and this book gently guidesthe reader through an often highly amusing journey of his life It is written in an honest unpretentious way and gives an insightinto the frenetic pace of staging musical theatre An absolute must read, as this man has written some of the mostbeautiful and enduring songs of the past forty years.


  7. ministry-evangelism.co Customer ministry-evangelism.co Customer says:

    This book started brilliantly As you might expect, ALW s writing style is superb and a pleasure to read Unfortunately for me there was a dramatic change once his career got started and I couldn t keep up with the sheer amount of names he introduced It was as if he lifted these names straight out of his appointments diary into the book I think it probably is a very good book for those who were part of the London New York musical scene in the 1970s to 1990s.


  8. Talk Tidy Talk Tidy says:

    Hard to believe Sir ALW is 70 but what a life of creativity and wonder A body of work that will live and be enjoyed forever This book on his life and work is informative, honest and very entertaining Should anyone think it has been an easy ride for this rather shy creative genius, think again I must add I checked out Betty Buckley signing Memory from the Broadway version and it is simply amazing.


  9. Linda Pfeiffer Linda Pfeiffer says:

    Andrew Lloyd Webber offers us his lengthy autobiography full of warts and all He delves into his own life from childhood until today We hear about his teen bride Sarah and their two children at the country home he bought after his first musical made some money His second wife, Sarah Brightman was his Christine in Phantom of the Opera Their passion seemed too bright to flame for lon and they split Soon after he married his third wife, Madelaine and had another three children, but this is only a bizarre footnote at the end of the book as he wraps up this lengthy story rather quickly.But mostly the book is about his music and who he made that music with His oldest mate Tim Rice began as a partnership for two of his most innovative musicals, Jesus Christ, Superstar and Joseph and his Technicolour coat But he takes us through from beginning to end his most famous musicals, Evita, and Phantom of the Opera and of course Cats.I enjoyed reading this part of the book tremendously And I was surprised at how much personal information he shared with the reader He is an excellent writer as you can well imagine but then it is his business to create fabulous stories.


  10. Glenn Atchison Glenn Atchison says:

    I ve not been a fan of ALW but after reading this book I think I see him in a different light Very good read if you have an interest in musical theatre..


  11. terence Harvey terence Harvey says:

    I will give a presentation at a club I belong to on Andrew Lloyd Webber and play some of his music The book is giving me information for this


  12. J M Cox J M Cox says:

    Enjoyable read from start to finish ALW has a great sense of honesty and humour A treasure for ALW fans


  13. Ana Nardeli Ana Nardeli says:

    olha eu n o li mas a capa eh linda eu comprei pra colecionar mesmo


  14. R. Patrick Baugh R. Patrick Baugh says:

    A masterful telling of the first half of his career, warts and all Like most memoirs, you won t recognize a lot of the names mentioned, but the story is still riveting and the gossip is as good as you d expect There is a slight wistfulness about opportunities missed whether investment or collaborative , which, considering his successes, is a little off putting, but he wanted a truthful story, so that can be forgiven by the reader All in all, an amazing look at an amazing theatrical career.Please, please, please write a follow up


  15. M. Hoppe M. Hoppe says:

    Anybody interested in musicals, and the extraordinary creative process in both making and staging them, should read this fascinating book.For a while, as an ACatsI will never forget his amazing abilities, whether as the composer of gorgeous melodies, or his astonishing business acumen.He literally had it all, even then, and his success has long ago confirmed his genius,This insightful autobiography however shows the very real struggles he had to face, and overcome.The stories behind the genesis of the world famous musicals are fascinating.This book is a testament to his drive, and the way he was able to harness his prodigious talents, resulting in pleasure for millions.


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