Program Details

The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber

Robert Wyatt
Music / Arts & Letters

Course Description

British composer Andrew Lloyd Webber has created a global empire unrivaled in the history of musical theatre. In 1983, he was the first composer to have three musicals running simultaneously on Broadway and in London’s West End, a feat he duplicated five years later. The New York production of The Phantom of the Opera, which opened in 1988, is now nearing 14,000 performances and was joined this season by a Broadway revival of another of the composer’s mega-hits, Cats. Along the way, he has collected a variety of honors, including knighthood, seven Tony Awards, three Grammy Awards, an Academy Award and the Kennedy Center Honors Award. Songs from his musicals have gone on to wide popularity offstage as well, and his theater production company, the Really Useful Group, is one of the largest operating in London.  The presenter will use clips from some of Webber’s most popular productions to aid in the discussion.

About the Instructor

  • Steinway Artist Robert Wyatt has performed throughout the United States and internationally. Featured on NPR and PBS broadcasts, Dr. Wyatt has also performed at the Kennedy Center, The Phillips Collection, the Library of Congress, Steinway Hall and the 92nd Street Y in New York, and Boston’s Jordan Hall and the Museum of Fine Arts. He has been a lecture/recitalist for the Smithsonian Institution for thirty years and as a Smithsonian Scholar, Dr. Wyatt has presented musical programs under the sponsorship of the Ford Foundation. His book, The George Gershwin Reader, was published by Oxford University Press in 2004.

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