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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. Customer 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.

  7. A. E. Baker A. E. Baker says:

    I really enjoyed this book and the way Andrew Lloyd Webber writes I would have liked to have learnt about his wonderful art collection and if he would like to see a beautiful Victorian church Dorking in Surrey has the very best with a beautiful stained glass sunflower in the porch.

  8. Sascha Sascha says:

    Well written, describing his musical development in a family with a father who was a professor of music and a brother who became a cellist Unlike them he did not follow a classical career Lots of detail about his relationship with Tim Rice and other librettists It ends abruptly with the opening of Cats, presumably part 2 will follow.

  9. SM SM says:

    Very interesting , gives an insight into one of our greatest composers , ever , his rise to fame and those who worked with him Only one negative it was a little too technical in musical terms for the uninitiated like me but still a good read

  10. Musical Bear Musical Bear says:

    This book was recommended to me by a friend and I have to say that I loved it It s incredibly detailed and at times I got a bit lost with all the various people involved but it was fascinating Lloyd Webber writes with humour, frankness and charm The book tales us from his youth up to the opening of Phantom and I dearly hope that he will write a sequel.

  11. Alan Clark "Victim" Alan Clark "Victim" says:

    A bit long winded at times, but worth the effort Would have been happier if there had been , even something about the following 30 years in a condensed form, perhaps.

  12. David Westlake David Westlake says:

    A good read which gave lots of interesting detail not only about Andrews life but also the process of making a musicale The book obviously deals with the early career with his numerous successes I look forward to the second half which will cover some of the challenging times Overall a really interesting read, especially if your a fan of musical theatre.

  13. Mrs. R. J. Kay Mrs. R. J. Kay says:

    Fantastic read He is such a private man and up till now we have never really seen the man This book shows him Please Mr Webber, please

  14. Customer Customer says:

    Amazing read I couldn t recommend it enough Would ve loved it to go further than phantom tho but hopefully that will be volume 2

  15. g t thomas g t thomas says:

    Once started , I couldnt put the book downIt made me laugh out loud at the honest way its written , no holding back with the occasional swear word