- File Size: 51581 KB
- Print Length: 530 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0008237603
- Publisher: Harper Paperbacks; Reprint edition (March 12, 2019)
- Publication Date: March 12, 2019
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07NRW5YZW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
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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.
From the Back Cover
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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For a while, as an A&R executive at PolyGram, I had the privileged of working with Andrew Lloyd Webber during the launch of "Cats"
I will never forget his amazing abilities, whether as the composer of gorgeous melodies, or his astonishing business acumen.
He literally had it all, even then, and his success has long ago confirmed his genius,
This insightful autobiography however shows the very real struggles he had to face, and overcome.
The stories behind the genesis of the world famous musicals are fascinating.
This book is a testament to his drive, and the way he was able to harness his prodigious talents, resulting in pleasure for millions.
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The book is very honest and at times very funny. I would have liked it to go on but the summary at the end was helpful. As a result of reading the book I ordered CD versions of the shows and music I had only had on vinyl so that I can listen to them in the car!
Andrew writes in the most interesting, witty way and has a fabulous sense of humour that made this book a page turner and was totally unable to put down.
the reader through an often highly amusing journey of his life. It is written in an honest unpretentious way and gives an insight
into the frenetic pace of staging musical theatre. An absolute must read, as this man has written some of the most
beautiful and enduring songs of the past forty years.