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It seems there is nothing Andrew Lloyd Webber cant do Besides his feats as a composer and creator of musicals, this memoir proves that he can write stylish and witty prose too Sunday TimesThere is much of this autobiography that is, quite simply, hilariousHis is an authentic voice, the real deal, and you emerge feeling as if you have been allowed inside the tornado that is ALW The TimesI laughed, I cried, it was better than cats Sloane Crosley, Vanity FairAn autobiography that has wit, suspense, contemporaneity, audacity, and an appealingly shrewd sense of the occasion Adam Gopnik, The New YorkerCharmingly idiosyncratic, surprisingly endearing and ruthlessly entertaining Dominic Green, Wall Street JournalYou have the luck of Croesus on stilts as my Auntie Vi would have said if youve 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 OperaBroadways longest running showand 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 him.The 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 Pacifics Some Enchanted Evening, to the pop and rock music of the 1960s and Puccinis 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 Paviliona make believe world of musical theatre in which he created his earliest entertainments.A 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 ensued.Lloyd 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 Opera.Reflecting a life that included many passions from architecture to Turkish Swimming Cats , full of witty and revealing anecdotes, and featuring cameo appearances by numerous celebritiesElaine Paige, Sarah Brightman, David Frost, Julie Covington, Judi Dench, Richard Branson, A.R Rahman, Mandy Patinkin, Patti LuPone, Richard Rodgers, Norman Jewison, Milos Forman, Plcido 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. 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 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. Started sex young with his 16 year old girlfriend and first wife , had the full support of his family for a musical career father the head of a major music school, mother a gifted piano teacher, brother a great cellist , had his first successful musical at 19 Joseph , has had access to scores of beautiful women from his shows and appears to have taken full advantage of their availability , and is today a billionaire His memoir is like his music you can t put it down, and parts of it are terrific, yet at the end you feel somewhat manipulated Still, it s a great read highly recommended.