Sunday, March 22, 2020

Happy Birthday Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber

Earlier today, I posted a blog celebrating the 90th Birthday of the one and only Stephen Sondheim. Well as it turns out, while doing research about him, I discovered that Andrew Lloyd Webber was in fact born on the same day. Small world huh? Born in Kensington, London on March 22, 1948, he is the winner of seven Tony Awards, four Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, and an Emmy Award, making him one of fifteen people to have won all four.

He was also inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 2009, and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1992. Now I first discovered him in 1988, when my high school chorus teacher brought in the cast recording of The Phantom of the Opera for us to listen to during class. To say I was hooked, would be an understatement. I must have listened to that cassette every day for weeks. Yes that's right, I said cassette. After all, it was 1988. Cut to 1993, and I was living in the Big Apple. Which means, I would finally be able to see one of my favorite shows of all time.

Now I know what you are wondering. Did the real thing live up to the recording? You better believe it did. Since then, I have had the pleasure of seeing not only Phantom, but six Andrew Lloyd Webber show's on the Great White Way. And while I loved all of them for different reasons, The Phantom of the Opera will always hold a special place in my heart. Happy Birthday Andrew Lloyd Webber, and thank you for sharing with the world your "Music of the Night." Until next time theatre fans.

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