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While Lloyd Webber offhandedly narrates the brief prologue and epilogue, Derek Perkins skillfully handles the majority of the audiobook, giving it a cheeky and well-modulated narration...Music and theater fans will enjoy this ultimate companion volume to Lloyd Webber works; the memoir includes the rationale and evolution of nearly all the songs and stories from so many memorable nights in the theater.

-- "AudioFile"

[A] charmingly idiosyncratic, surprisingly endearing and ruthlessly entertaining autobiography.

-- "Wall Street Journal"

Gripping insight into a rich and intensely creative life.

-- "BBC America"

Filled with wit, self-deprecating humor and dollops of gossip.

-- "BookPage"

Unmasked (the title is a play on Phantom's signature facial gear) will tickle music and theater geeks. It's an insider's inside account, highly readable, thanks to Lloyd Webber's affable, intelligent voice.

-- "USA Today"

Proves as readable as his hits are watchable.

-- "Washington Post"

An enlightening look into Andrew Lloyd Webber's early life and professional career.

-- "Broadway World" --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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One of the most successful and distinguished artists of our time, Andrew Lloyd Webber has reigned over the musical theatre world for nearly five decades. The winner of numerous awards, including multiple Tonys and an Oscar, Lloyd Webber has enchanted millions worldwide with his music and numerous hit shows, including Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Cats, The Phantom of the Opera—Broadway’s longest-running show—and most recently, School of Rock. In Unmasked, written in his own inimitable, quirky voice, the revered, award-winning composer takes stock of his achievements, the twists of fate and circumstance that brought him both success and disappointment, and the passions that inspire and sustain him.

A record of several exciting and turbulent decades of British and American musical theatre and the transformation of popular music itself, Unmasked is ultimately a chronicle of artistic creation. Lloyd Webber looks back at the development of some of his most famous works and illuminates his collaborations with luminaries such as Tim Rice, Robert Stigwood, Harold Prince, Cameron Mackintosh and Trevor Nunn. Taking us behind the scenes of his productions, Lloyd Webber reveals fascinating details about each show, including the rich cast of characters involved with making them, and the creative and logistical challenges and artistic political battles that ensued.

Lloyd Webber shares his recollections of the works that have become cultural touchstones for generations of fans: writing songs for a school production that would become his first hit, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; finding the coterie of performers for his classic rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar; developing Evita, which would win seven Tonys including Best Musical; staking his reputation and fortune on the groundbreaking Cats; and making history with the
dazzling Phantom of the Opera

Reflecting a life that has included many passions (from architecture to Turkish Van swimming cats), full of witty and revealing anecdotes, and featuring cameo appearances by numerous celebrities—Elaine Paige, Sarah Brightman, David Frost, Julie Covington, Judi Dench, Richard Branson, A.R. Rahman, Mandy Patinkin, Patti LuPone, Richard Rodgers, Norman Jewison, Milos Forman, Placido Domingo, Barbra Streisand, Michael Crawford, Gillian Lynne, Betty Buckley and more—Unmasked at last reveals the true face of the extraordinary man beneath the storied legend.

--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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