Jesus Christ Superstar. Evita. Cats. The Phantom of the Opera. Sunset Boulevard. Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit parade of West End and Broadway musicals has established him as the foremost theatrical composer of our time. His shows have broken all theatrical box-office records and have been produced all over the world; successful film versions include Jesus Christ Superstar and the recent award-winning Evita. In this important critical biography, now fully updated, Michael Walsh makes a complete, unblinking assessment of the man hailed by some critics for his innovations and melodic extravagance and denounced by others for creating "schlock operas" that rely on spectacle more than musical virtuosity.
The illustrations include candid photographs of Lloyd Webber, performance shots of all the shows by world-renowned theater photographers, and sketches for costume designs and sets, providing a rich overview of Lloyd Webber's unique theatrical world.