By Andrew Gans
21 May 2008
|Photo by Aubrey Reuben|
Lloyd Webber will receive the Public Service Award, according to his official website, "for his many years of distinguished service to the arts through music." He will be presented with the honor at a gala dinner held in London's Guildhall.
The May 21 event marks the first time the American award has been presented in the U.K.
The evening will also honor Niall FitzGerald, the Deputy Chairman of Thomson Reuters, with the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship in "recognition of his distinguished business career and esteemed corporate leadership, both in the UK and globally."
Andrew Lloyd Webber is the award-winning composer of The Likes of Us, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Cats, By Jeeves, The Phantom of the Opera, Aspects of Love, Sunset Boulevard, Starlight Express, Whistle Down the Wind, The Woman in White, The Beautiful Game and Song & Dance. Among his producing credits are Bombay Dreams and the current West End revival of The Sound of Music. Lloyd Webber also took part in the TV reality casting shows for The Sound of Music and the current London revival of Joseph. He also owns seven London theatres, including the Palace, the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and the London Palladium.