Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice Both Interested in Abbey Road Studios

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Theatre composer/impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber may be expanding his already substantial musical empire. British media outlets are reporting that the Phantom of the Opera creator has expressed interest in purchasing London’s famed Abbey Road Studios.

Lord Lloyd Webber has a long history with the studios. In a statement a spokesman said, "He first recorded there in 1967 with Tim Rice. Andrew has since recorded most of his musicals there, from Jesus Christ Superstar to his new musical Love Never Dies."

In an apparently unrelated press release, Lloyd Webber’s longtime lyricist Tim Rice has announced his own interest in the iconic studios.

Abbey Road, built in 1929 and made famous by The Beatles' eponymous album, is the oldest purpose-built recording studio in the world.  Since owner EMI indicated it might be put up for sale, the British public has rallied in support of the historic building.

Paul McCartney has called for the preservation of the studios, according to London’s The Daily Telegraph. The National Trust, a British preservation organization, is also considering purchasing the studio. A spokesman said: "We are very touched and excited about the way the public have responded. We are going to see if there's any way we can play a role."

Among Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's collaborations are Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Likes of Us and Evita.

—Gemma Wilson

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