On June 19 the new musical Bombay Dreams — for which he is producer rather than composer — opens at London's Apollo Theatre with music by A. R. Rahman, lyrics by Don Black and a book — based on Lloyd Webber's idea — by Shekhar Kapur. Directed by Steven Pimlott, the musical is a love story set in Bombay against the backdrop of Bollywood, the Indian movie industry.
Lord Lloyd Webber is also at work on his own new musical, the New York Post reports. The untitled project concerns the rise of a pop singer whose career takes off just as her lover's hits rock-bottom. Although no lyricist is yet on board — previous Lloyd Webber partners include Tim Rice, Don Black, Charles Hart, Jim Steinman, Trevor Nunn, Ben Elton and the late T.S. Eliot — the composer may premiere some of his new tunes at his annual Sydmonton Festival in September.
Perhaps the most successful theatre composer of the last three decades, Lloyd Webber's works include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Cats, Starlight Express, Aspects of Love, Sunset Boulevard, Whistle Down the Wind and The Beautiful Game. He became the first composer to have three musicals running simultaneously in New York and in London.
—By Andrew Gans