Songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber

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USU1330 Creative Arts – Spring 2015 WORKSHEET #3: Songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber SUBMISSION DATE: Friday February 27th Andrew Lloyd Webber is one of the most successful popular composers of the last 40 years. He has created some of the most famous and popular productions ever seen on the musical stage including Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Evita, Cats, Starlight Express, and The Phantom of the Opera. He has received many awards during his career including an Oscar, a Golden Globe, a Tony, and an Olivier. This worksheet is designed for you to undertake your own research into the history and background of Lloyd Webber’s career and so aid you in answering the following questions. 1. What do you think accounts for the remarkable and continued success of Andrew Lloyd Webber as a composer? To what extent has he managed to maintain both critical and box office success? Andrew Lloyd Webber dropped out of school to be a composer. I believe what makes him a successful composer is that he is always evolving and changing with the times. He is keeping peoples attention. 2. Are there any common themes that run through the subject matter of his different productions? What sort of connections, for instance, might we make between Jesus Christ Superstar, The Phantom of the Opera, and Evita? Each one of them is very unique and the music style stand out. You could;t just compare them to any musical. 3. Is the meaning of any of the individual songs dependent on their context within the particular show they are from? In other words, do they function successfully outside of the context of the shows? Do we need to see a particular musical in order to appreciate the individual songs properly? I think that there is some songs that you need to see the musical to really understand the song. Such as the musical The Phantom of the

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