Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber celebrated four musicals playing simultaneously on Broadway when Sunset Boulevard opened at the Palace Theatre yesterday (9 February 2017).
Three of Lloyd Webber’s musicals rang in 2017 by breaking house records at the Winter Garden (School of Rock – The Musical), Majestic (The Phantom of the Opera) and Neil Simon (Cats) Theatres.
In celebration of Lloyd Webber’s historic achievement, the website www.alwbroadway.com has been launched, allowing fans to easily find information for all four shows.
Fans can also check out a link to download Andrew Lloyd Webber iOS Stickers, which include fun phrases and emojis inspired by all four musicals.
Three-time Tony Award-winner Glenn Close returns to Broadway and her portrayal of Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard, at Broadway’s Palace Theatre.
Based on Billy Wilder’s classic Academy Award-winning film, the musical originally premiered in London’s Adelphi Theatre in 1993, where it ran for almost four years and played to nearly two million people.
The American premiere was at the Shubert Theatre in Century City, Los Angeles in December 1993 with Close as Norma. The musical played 369 performances before moving to Broadway in 1994 with, what was then, the biggest advance in Broadway history, at $37.5 million.
School of Rock – The Musical, based on the hit film, opened at the Winter Garden Theatre on 6 December 2015.
The show was nominated for four 2016 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book, and Best Leading Actor in a Musical.
Now in its second year on Broadway, School of Rock recently opened in London on 14 November 2016.
Cats returned to the Great White Way on 31 July 2016 at the Neil Simon Theatre. The new production features direction by Trevor Nunn and choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, based on the original choreography by Gillian Lynne.
Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, directed by theatre legend Harold Prince, is the longest-running show in Broadway history and the best-selling musical of all-time.
The New York production opened at The Majestic Theatre on 26 January 1988 and went on to win seven Tony Awards including Best Musical.
The Broadway production celebrated an unprecedented 29 years on 26 January 2016. It has played a staggering 12,000 performances (as of November 2016), been seen by 17 million people, grossing more than $1 billion.
Tickets for Andrew Lloyd Webber productions in London are available below:
Jesus Christ Superstar – Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
The Phantom of the Opera – Her Majesty’s Theatre
School of Rock – New London Theatre