"Biographies of Sir Cameron Mackintosh and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber"

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Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber:

Andrew Lloyd Webber was born in 1948. He is the composer of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, the film scores of Gumshoe and The Odessa File, EVITA, VARIATIONS and TELL ME ON A SUNDAY combined as SONG & DANCE, CATS, STARLIGHT EXPRESS, REQUIEM, a setting of the Latin Requiem Mass, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, ASPECTS OF LOVE, SUNSET BOULEVARD; BY JEEVES, WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND an THE BEAUTIFUL GAME. He has won six Tony awards, four Drama Desk awards, three Grammys, including the award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition for REQUIEM in 1986, and five Laurence Olivier awards.

In 1992 he was awarded a knighthood for Services to the Arts. He was inducted into the American Songwriters' Hall of Fame and given the Praemium Imperiale Award for Music in 1995. In 1996 he received the Richard Rodgers Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre.

In the 1997 New Year's Honours List he was elevated to the peerage as The Lord Lloyd-Webber of Sydmonton. Also in that year, he and Sir Tim Rice were awarded a Golden Globe and an Oscar for Best Original Song for the EVITA movie soundtrack.

Through his company, The Really Useful Group, he has produced not only his own work but that of other writers including SHIRLEY VALENTINE, LA BETE, LEND ME A TENOR, and DAISY PULLS IT OFF. The Really Useful Group's purchase in January 2000 of the Stoll Moss group of theatres to add to its existing portfolio established it as the leading owner of theaters in London's West End.

In 1998 Andrew Lloyd Webber filmed a musical for video for the first time. The CATS video proved to be an award-winning success selling over 3 million copies world-wide and has paved the way for...