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Andrew Webber

Arguably the most successful composer of our time, Andrew Lloyd Webber also remains among the most surprising. He has found inspiration in the unlikeliest sources, making music from the Old and New Testaments and from the text of the Mass, but also from an urbane Bloomsbury romance, from smoldering French and British gothics, from a game called football and from the melancholy dream of Old Hollywood. He has made unforgettable musicals about just plain singing and dancing, but also about South American politics, British butlers, lovelorn phantoms and American trains. Even about cats-and how many musicals boast Nobel Prize-winning lyrics? It is good to remember how strikingly original a theatrical concept it was to bring together the quirky, cool poems of T.S.