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Andrew Lloyd Webber is the King of memorable tunes and catchy choruses, and has a whopping 20 musicals and 45 awards to his name. Here are 20 amazing facts about the 70-year-old composer, including his musicals, songs and net worth.
Born on 22 March 1948, Andrew first picked up the violin and piano aged three, before taking up the French horn and starting to write his own music at the age of six. He also appeared on Nursery World magazine with a violin aged five. Aww.
The 70-year-old composer's net worth is estimated at a huge £800 million. He came second in The Sunday Times Rich List in 2017 for UK musicians, behind Sir Paul McCartney.
Andrew Lloyd Webber: A Musical Celebration will take place on Sunday 17 June 2018, in celebration of the composer's 70th birthday earlier this year.
The event, as part of Live at Chelsea, will feature a line-up from the cast of Andrew's West End musicals, including Tyrone Huntley from Jesus Christ Superstar, and Joe McElderry with the cast of School of Rock – The Musical and The Phantom of the Opera. Tickets and more information here.
Andrew's brother, Julian Lloyd Webber, is a former concert cellist and Andrew's late father William was director of the London College of Music. His mother, Jean, was a piano teacher.
In 1991, Andrew married the former equestrian sportswoman Madeleine Gurdon, and the couple have been happily married ever since.
Andrew was married to his first wife, Sarah Hugill, from 1971 to 1983, before he married second wife Sarah Brightman in 1984. He met Brightman when she joined the cast of Cats in 1981. In 1986, he wrote the role of Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera for her.
Andrew had two children – Imogen and Nicholas Lloyd Webber – with his first wife, Sarah, and three with his wife Madeleine Gurdon – Alastair, William and Isabella Lloyd Webber. Imogen is a four-time Emmy nominee who has worked for MSNBC and Fox News, while Nicholas has followed in his father's footsteps, writing The Little Prince in 2011 and the recent Fat Friends The Musical.
The musical was called Cinderella Up The Beanstalk And Most Everywhere Else. Aged 19, Andrew wrote his first staged musical with Tim Rice: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. The following year, the pair wrote Jesus Christ Superstar.
His stage musical credits include (deep breath)... Jesus Christ Superstar, Phantom of the Opera, Evita, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Cats, Starlight Express, School of Rock – The Musical, Sunset Boulevard, and The Women In White.
He also composed the music for Love Never Dies, The Likes Of Us, Jeeves, Tell Me On A Sunday, Song And Dance, Cricket, Aspects Of Love, Whistle Down The Wind, The Beautiful Game, Stephen Ward The Musical, and a musical version of The Wizard Of Oz.
Widely considered to be one of his best musicals, The Phantom of the Opera brought in an unprecedented $16 million (£12 million) in advance ticket sales. It’s now the second highest grossing musical ever, bringing in £4.2 billion globally – second only to The Lion King, which has made £5.6 billion.
Since its opening on Broadway in 1982, Cats has been translated into over 20 languages and performed all around the world, and it is now the fourth-longest-running show in Broadway history.
Lloyd Webber has earned a huge number of on-screen credits, following film adaptations of The Phantom Of The Opera, Evita (famously starring Madonna), Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Love Never Dies and Cats, plus anniversary performances of The Phantom Of The Opera and Jesus Christ Superstar.
He has also dabbled in film composing, writing the score for Gumshoe and The Odessa File. His music has appeared in a total of 210 films and TV shows.
The British band was called Tales of Justine, and he produced them with Tim Rice.
Andrew once tried his luck as a soloist, under the pseudonym Doctor Spin. In 1992, he released the single ‘Tetris’ – a Eurodance remix of the theme from the well-known video game – which reached No. 6 in the UK charts. It’s... different?!
Apparently, the first two records Andrew remembers hearing are Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker and Elvis Presley's 'Jailhouse Rock'.
Over his lifetime, Andrew has won 45 awards, including seven Oliviers, seven Tony Awards, four Grammys, two Emmys, one Oscar, one Golden Globe, one BRIT and 14 Ivor Novellos. Yeesh.
After being awarded a knighthood in 1992, Lloyd Webber was also made a life peer in the New Year Honours list in 1997, making him a Baron.
Lloyd Webber celebrated his 70th birthday on 22 March this year. Composer Stephen Sondheim was also born on 22 March in 1930, making him 18 years Andrew's senior.
The Really Useful Theatre Group owns a number of successful West End and London theatres, including The Adelphi Theatre, Cambridge Theatre, London Palladium, New London Theatre, Her Majesty’s Theatre, Theatre Royal Drury Lane and The Other Palace in London.
Since founding The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation in 1992 to promote arts and culture, Lloyd Webber has – according to his website – awarded over £17.5 million to “projects that focus on the enhancement of arts education and participation, improving access and increasing diversity across the arts, culture and heritage sector.”
At the Royal Albert Hall on 13 June 2018, Lloyd Webber will be honoured with a special award at the Classic BRIT Awards ceremony for his services to musical theatre and arts education.