Andrew Lloyd Webber (Google eBook)

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Yale University Press, Oct 1, 2008 - Music - 288 pages
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Andrew Lloyd Webber is the most famous—and most controversial—composer of musical theater alive today. Hundreds of millions of people have seen his musicals, which include Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, Starlight Express, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, and Sunset Boulevard. Even more know his songs.
Lloyd Webber’s many awards include seven Tonys and three Grammys—but he has nonetheless been the subject of greater critical vitriol than any of his artistic peers. Why have both the man and his work provoked such extreme responses? Does he challenge his audiences, or merely recycle the comfortable and familiar? Over three decades, how has Lloyd Webber changed fundamentally what a musical can be?
In this sustained examination of Lloyd Webber’s creative career, the music scholar John Snelson explores the vast range of influences that have informed Lloyd Webber’s work, from film, rock, and pop music to Lloyd Webber’s own life story. This rigorous and sympathetic survey will be essential reading for anyone interested in Lloyd Webber’s musicals and the world of modern musical theater that he has been so instrumental in shaping.

  

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This second volume in the "Yale Broadway Masters" series is a welcome one. Theater and music historian Snelson writes with an appreciation of Andrew Lloyd Webber, describing his musical influences ... Read full review

Contents

Chapter 1 Aspects of Life
1
A Survey of the Shows
20
First Elements of a Style
55
Multiple Personalities in The Phantom of the Opera
77
Lloyd Webber on Screen
123
Musical Reminiscences in Lloyd Webber
157
Canons and Challenges
183
List of Works by Andrew Lloyd Webber
213
Notes
221
Bibliography
247
Permissions
249
General Index
255
Index of Lloyd Webbers Works
263
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

John Snelson is Editor of Publications at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

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