Andrew Lloyd Webber Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets

3rd November 2015

Quote: "When I was approached to do this I thought it was actually a gift. To be able to come back to the same character 20 years later.... When you play a great character like that she becomes part of the fabric of your being. She haunted me after I left her." Actress Glenn Close is thrilled to be returning to Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Sunset Boulevard in London's West End, 20 years after she first played lead character Norma Desmond in a Broadway production.

13th January 2015

Quote: "I do believe she is the most exciting musical theatre artist I have found - well, that I have worked with - in very, very many years. I really do." Theatre impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber is a big fan of his new Cats star Nicole Scherzinger.

5th September 2014

Fact: Classical singer Sarah Brightman will begin space training in Russia in January (15) ahead of her tourist flight to the International Space Station. Brightman, the ex-wife of Andrew Lloyd Webber, will fly with two other passengers on 4 October, 2015. The singer hopes to perform and record a song during her trip.

27th June 2014

Fact: Andrew Lloyd Webber's popular musicals Cats and Evita are set to return to the West End stage later this year (14). Cats, which closed 12 years ago, will open at the London Palladium in December (14) and Evita, starring Wet Wet Wet singer Marti Pellow, will take over from We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre in September (14).

28th April 2014

Tweet: "I am devastated by my brother's news. Music has lost one of its finest performers." British theatre mogul Andrew Lloyd Webber is saddened by his cellist brother Julian Lloyd Webber's decision to retire from music.

15th November 2013

Fact: Theatre impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber's daughter Imogen has landed a job at stage news website She will reportedly cover the opening night of her dad's new play Stephen Ward for the site next month (Dec13).

15th July 2012

Quote: "I am 101 per cent back to health. I have the same energy I had in my 20s." Andrew Lloyd Webber is fighting fit after undergoing hip surgery and battling prostate cancer in recent years.

9th July 2012

Quote: "I had a meeting previously about Over The Rainbow, but I was in the theatre at the time and my availability was a bit tricky. So when this came along I was very excited." Singer Melanie Chisholm jumped at the chance to appear as a judge on Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber's new U.K. reality contest Superstar. The show features the hunt for a leading man to star in a new production of Jesus Christ Superstar.

12th April 2012

Fact: British theatre impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber has sold off one of his London venues. He has parted ways with the famed Palace Theatre for an undisclosed sum in order to fund refurbishments on his other establishments in the British capital. His other theatres include the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and The London Palladium.

4th July 2011

Quote: "I've sent one email in my life to Nicole Scherzinger, I can't remember what (it was about)." Theatre impresario Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, a self-confessed technophobe, chose the Pussycat Dolls beauty as the lucky recipient of his first and only email.

10th April 2011

Quote: "I've no form of email, no form of text, I don't have a mobile phone. I don't know how to use a computer. I wouldn't even know how to turn it on. If they want me, they send a carrier pigeon." Famed composer Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber is difficult to reach.

12th December 2010

Fact: British theatre mogul SIR Andrew Lloyd Webber is selling off his extensive wine collection - the bottles are expected to fetch a massive $3.9 million (£2.6 million).

18th May 2010

Quote: "I was fired by Shirley Bassey for playing the piano in my own house on New Year's Eve. I played one of my own songs and she said, 'It doesn't go like that!' and I said, 'It does, I wrote it', and she said, 'You're barred!'" Not everyone is a fan of SIR Andrew Lloyd Webber's piano playing.

29th March 2010

Fact: SIR Andrew Lloyd Webber has scooped $3 million (£2 million) after his horse Dar Re Mi won the Dubai Sheema Classic race on Saturday (27Mar10).

17th March 2010

Quote: "The West End had its best ever seasons three years in a row since we started doing these programmes. They've turned a generation on to theatre. Now kids are desperate to be in these shows." Theatre impresario SIR Andrew Lloyd Webber is convinced his string of musical-themed U.K. reality shows have revived London's West End.

30th January 2010

Fact: British music mogul Pete Waterman is set to follow in SIR Andrew Lloyd Webber's footsteps, by writing a song for the U.K.'s entry into the Eurovision Song Contest in May (10). Webber's My Time, which was performed by new Sugababes singer Jade Ewen, came fifth in the annual event in Moscow, Russia last year (09).

11th January 2009

Fact: Legendary U.S. songwriter DIANE WARREN will write the lyrics to this year's (09) U.K. Eurovision entry. Warren, whose songwriting credits include Toni Braxton's Un-Break My Heart and How Do I Live by LeAnn Rimes, will work alongside theatre impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber, who is producing the song.

30th December 2008

Fact: A sequel to the hit musical Phantom Of The Opera is set to make theatrical history when it opens next year (09). The show's composer, Andrew Lloyd Webber, has announced plans to premiere the musical in three cities at the same time - London, New York and an Asian city are the reported destinations.

13th November 2008

Fact: A mini-production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Sunset Boulevard will be staged at London's Comedy Theatre next month (Dec08) - directed by U.K. TV show STRICTLY COME DANCING judge CRAIG REVEL HORWOOD.

19th October 2008

Fact: Theatre impresario SIR Andrew Lloyd Webber is to give the U.K.'s next Eurovision Song Contest entrant a helping hand - he'll write the song for the artist. The singer will be chosen in a new British reality show called YOUR COUNTRY NEEDS YOU and the winner will sing Lloyd Webber's track at next year's (09) competition in Moscow, Russia.

30th May 2008

Fact: Theatre impresario SIR Andrew Lloyd Webber has revealed the name of his much-anticipated Phantom Of The Opera sequel. PHANTOM: ONCE UPON A TIME will hit London's West End theatres in time for Christmas next year (09).

21st February 2008

Fact: Theatre impresario SIR Andrew Lloyd Webber is to bring hit Australian musical PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT to London's West End. The show is based on the 1994 film about two drag queens and a transsexual woman who embark on a road trip across the outback in a tourbus.

2nd November 2007

Fact: Andrew Lloyd Webber has put his $22 million (GBP11 million) five-bedroom apartment in New York's Trump Tower up for sale. He bought it in 1987 because wife Sarah Brightman needed a place to live. They divorced three years later.

31st August 2007

Quote: "I typed in Bombay Dreams and got nine porn sites. Outrageous!" SIR Andrew Lloyd Webber recalls his first experience with the internet.

29th May 2007

Quote: "My trousers don't fit me because of...I can't find anything that will accommodate, ahem, Sarah Brightman's comments." Music impresario SIR Andrew Lloyd Webber jokes about his ex-wife's reports he's very well endowed.

14th February 2007

Fact: Drew Barrymore bought Hugh Grant an electric piano as a wrap gift after the couple had finished shooting MUSIC + LYRICS together. As a child, Grant, who actually plays the piano in the film, was taught by Andrew Lloyd Webber's mother.

28th January 2007

Fact: Olivia Newton-John and Andrew Lloyd Webber are hoping to boost US TV talent show YOU'RE THE ONE THAT I WANT after signing on as judges. The reality show seeks to find the leads for a new revival of stage musical GREASE.

13th December 2006

Fact: Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber has accepted an invitation from British PRINCEs WILLIAM and HARRY to do a 15-minute medley of his work at a tribute concert to their late mother Princess Diana being held at the new Wembley Stadium in London next summer (07).

28th July 2006

Fact: SIR Andrew Lloyd Webber's 29-year-old daughter IMOGEN has signed a deal for her first book, THE SINGLE GIRL'S GUIDE. She describes it as "a tongue-in-cheek but practical manual on life management for the unattached twentysomething."

26th July 2006

Quote: "The first record I ever bought was the musical Jesus Christ Superstar, and I think that's what encouraged me to do what I do. I love that musical more than anything... I listen to it all the time." Korn frontman Jonathan Davis finds inspiration from Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit musical.

26th January 2006

Fact: <p>SIR Andrew Lloyd Webber is working on an eight-week BBC reality TV series, in which he searches for a new star to play MARIA in his London stage production of The Sound Of Music. </p>

11th January 2006

Quote: <p>"The only thing that has hit me is it's an achievement I'll never be able to top." Theatre mogul SIR Andrew Lloyd Webber admits he has reached the zenith of his talents with THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - the longest running musical on Broadway. </p>

10th January 2006

Fact: <p>SIR Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom Of The Opera became the longest-running Broadway, New York show ever on Monday (09JAN06) when the curtain went up on the 7,486th show - one more than former record holder CATS. </p>

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