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Archive for Andrew Lloyd Webber

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at the Long Beach Playhouse

Photo by Mike Hardy

Photo by Mike Hardy

Shirle Gottlieb – Gazette Newspapers

This blockbuster rock-opera exploded from the stage in 1971 and has been playing all over the world ever since.

Composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, with lyrics by Tim Rice, the plot revolves around the last week of Jesus’s life — from his arrival in Jerusalem until his world-renowned death.Read more…

Now running through August 15.

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at the Met Theatre

Photo by Michael Lamont

Photo by Michael Lamont

Bob Verini -   Arts In LA

The singular feature of this vest-pocket staging by the DOMA Theatre Company—and the most compelling reason for attending—is the timeless score by composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice. Read more…

Paul Birchall  – Stage Raw

A spirit of youthful rebellion suffuses director Marco Gomez’s delightfully earnest and powerful production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice tuner about the life of Christianity’s biggest star. Read more…

Now running through March 22.

CATS at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

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Photo by Michael Lamont

Pauline Adamek – Stage Raw

In 1981, a musical adaptation by Andrew Lloyd Webber of British poet T. S. Eliot’s collection Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats took London’s West End by storm. Cats was immediately transferred Stateside, where the Tony Award-winning musical still holds the record for being the second longest-running show in Broadway history.   Read more…

Jonas Schwartz -  TheaterMania

The new production of Cats at the La Mirada Theatre of the Performing Arts has been helmed by Dana Solimando, (a former member of the Broadway production). Based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber overlays his brand of musical pastiche to Eliot’s poems. The story revolves around a posse of felines introducing one another to the audience while at a ball celebrating which of these cats their spiritual leader cat, Old Deuteronomy, will choose to ascend to the next realm.  Read more…

Bob Verini -   Arts In LA

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Trevor Nunn’s revue didn’t live up to its promise, or was it threat, to run “now and forever” at Broadway’s Winter Garden. However, as long as there are cat fanciers among theatergoers, and young dancers willing to challenge their limbs and joints to the limit, the musical setting of T.S. Eliot’s cat-celebration poems won’t soon come to the end of its nine lives.  Read more…

Now running through May 11.

EVITA at the Pantages Theatre

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Bob Verini – ArtsInLA

“She didn’t say much but she said it loud.” That’s Eva Peron (1919–1952) as assessed by nemesis Che Guevara during the prologue of Evita. But as it happens, the accusation of saying very little, very loudly has dogged the Andrew Lloyd Webber–Tim Rice through-sung tuner ever since it emerged as a concept album in 1976, sweeping Broadway’s Tonys two years later.

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David C. Nichols – LA Times

It’s a newer Argentina than not on display in “Evita” at the Pantages. This glossy touring edition of director Michael Grandage’s 2006 revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Tony-winning phenomenon doesn’t reinvent the popera, just gives it a shrewdly evocative makeover.

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Neal Weaver  – LA Weekly

This now-legendary musical began as a concept record album, later became a Tony-winning stage hit on Broadway in 1979 and then a film starring Madonna. It’s now receiving its first full-scale revival in more than 30 years (this production, which originated in London, closed on Broadway in January). The show tells the grim Cinderella story of Eva Peron (Caroline Bowman) and her spectacular rise from tango dancer in a rural Argentine cantina to ambitious social climber who slept her way to the top…….. Read more…

Now running through November 10.

SUNSET BOULEVARD at Musical Theatre West at Carpenter Performing Arts Center

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Les Spindle – Frontiers L.A.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1993 musical adaptation of writer-director Billy Wilder’s legendary 1950 film classic Sunset Boulevard is perhaps as well known for its behind the scenes melodrama as its Gothic-flavored narrative about faded Hollywood glamour and unrequited love.

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Shirle Gottlieb – Gazette Newspapers

It’s no wonder that “Sunset Boulevard” received an Academy Award for Best Picture in 1950, nor that it has become an American film classic. People marvel at the continuing resonance of this black and white “film noir” that starred Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond (the grand dame of the silent screen) and William Holden as Joe Gillis (a young struggling screen-writer).
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