Lloyd Webber Discusses "Phantom" and Woman in White in "The Man Behind the Music"

News   Lloyd Webber Discusses "Phantom" and Woman in White in "The Man Behind the Music" BBC Radio 2 will present a two-part interview with award-winning composer Andrew Lloyd Webber this month.

Andrew Lloyd Webber
Andrew Lloyd Webber

Entitled "The Man Behind the Music," the program will air in two parts on Aug. 24 and 31. John Barrowman, who starred in Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard, will be the presenter of the evenings, which air at 8:30 PM. Lloyd Webber will discuss his current projects, the upcoming opening of his newest musical, The Woman in White, and the long-awaited film version of "The Phantom of the Opera." The radio program will include a preview of Woman in White as well as an examination of Lloyd Webber's "empire."

About his "brand," the composer said in a statement, "My name means that a musical is judged in a different way. Obviously, it means that we open with a bit of an advance, but it doesn't guarantee that a musical is going to work. My last one, The Beautiful Game, didn't, which was a very difficult subject, terrorism. It got a lot of interest but it didn't guarantee that the show was going to be an automatic success. It is one of those things now, the way theatre has gone, you don't open to the sort of huge advances that one saw many years ago. But I think the name Andrew Lloyd Webber does help. People obviously come to my shows with a different expectation than they would if it was someone completely unknown. I mean, it would have been very interesting to see what would have happened if I had written Jerry Springer."

Andrew Lloyd Webber has composed the music for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Cats, Song and Dance, The Phantom of the Opera Sunset Boulevard, Aspects of Love, The Beautiful Game, Whistle Down the Wind and The Woman in White.

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