Musical maestro Andrew Lloyd Webber has been celebrating a remarkable milestone this month.
It is 50 years since his first production opened in London’s West End, with Jesus Christ Superstar, created with lyricist Tim Rice, opening at the Palace Theatre on 9 August 1972.
The show ran for an impressive 8 years, directed by Jim Sharman and starring Paul Nicholas as Jesus, Stephen Tate as Judas and Dana Gillespie as Mary Magdalene.
Since Jesus Christ Superstar, Andrew Lloyd Webber has had a wealth of shows premiere or play in the West End including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jeeves, Evita, Tell Me on a Sunday, Cats, Song and Dance, Starlight Express, The Phantom of the Opera, Aspects of Love, Sunset Boulevard, Whistle Down the Wind, The Beautiful Game, The Woman in White, Love Never Dies, Stephen Ward, School of Rock and – most recently – Cinderella at the Gillian Lynne Theatre.
Through his LW Theatres, Lord Lloyd Webber also owns a number of West End theatres including the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, the Gillian Lynne Theatre, the Adelphi Theatre, the Cambridge Theatre, the London Palladium, and Her Majesty’s Theatre – home to his long-running musical The Phantom of the Opera.
And Andrew is still working hard and going strong! New projects on the horizon include opening Cinderella on Broadway, a new push into working in TV and film, and a new Spanish venture with Antonio Banderas. All this plus new musicals are in the works, and his major shows continue to tour the UK and around the world, and return to the West End.
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice: congratulations! We salute you!