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The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber

When:

Fri 6 May 2011, 8:00pm–10:30pm
Sat 7 May 2011, 2:00pm–4:30pm
Sat 7 May 2011, 8:00pm–10:30pm
Sun 8 May 2011, 1:00pm–3:30pm
Sun 8 May 2011, 6:00pm–8:30pm

Where: The Civic, Cnr Queen & Wellesley Sts, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: Sandra Roberts

A new theatrical event featuring Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most timeless songs performed by the current stars of Australian musical theatre…

He’s been described as the master of musical theatre, the maestro of musicals, and a theatrical force to be reckoned with. His musicals have been seen by hundreds of millions around the world, translated into dozens of languages and won every major entertainment award.

Now New Zealand is set to fall in love once more with The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber in a stunning new theatrical event that will tour here in 2011.

After more than 40 years, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s music continues to have the extraordinary ability to touch an audience, lifting them to new heights of exhilaration and emotion after just a few bars of music. The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, which will feature a sensational cast of musical theatre talent, celebrates the master composer with a New Zealand tour, beginning in Auckland before touring to Wellington and Christchurch.

Directed by one of Australia’s leading directors, Stuart Maunder, this theatrical event will feature some of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most timeless songs from Eva Peron’s passionate ‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina’, to the classical masterpiece ‘Pie Jesu’, from the rock favourite ‘Superstar’ to the breathtaking ‘Music of the Night.’

Internationally respected and ever-popular Musical Supervisor, Guy Noble, will lead live musicians and some of Australia’s most acclaimed performers - Blake Bowden, Alinta Chidzey, Andrew Conaghan, Michael Cormick, Trisha Crowe, Delia Hannah, Kirsten Hobbs and Shaun Rennie – taking the audience on an unforgettable journey through the vast array of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s memorable repertoire. Having starred in recent productions of Cats, West Side Story and Mamma Mia!, the multi-talented cast will perform numerous Lloyd Webber classics.

Director Stuart Maunder said, “The emotional force of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s songs is undisputed. We want to celebrate the extraordinary variety of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s output and the emotional force of his songs by presenting an intimate affair with all the emotion, all the tunes whilst taking you on a musical journey – one that is stylish, inventive and surprising and also offers some rare insights into the mind of this genius creator.”

Through state-of–the-art technology, audiences will be swept from the avenues of Broadway to the magnificence of Eva Peron’s Argentina, to the speedways of Starlight Express, in a dazzling journey through the many settings of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s greatest works. All the ‘big’ moments from Evita, The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Sunset Boulevard, Woman in White to the current Love Never Dies will be there.

Lloyd Webber has been referred to as “…one of the most prolific-ever composers of musicals…” (The UK Daily Mail). He has composed 16 musicals, several film scores, a Latin Requiem Mass and continues to compose every day. His musical Cats was the longest running musical on Broadway, only to be overtaken by another of his hit musicals The Phantom of the Opera. Lloyd Webber's awards include seven Tony’s, three Grammys including Best Contemporary Classical Composition for Requiem, seven Olivier’s, a Golden Globe, an Oscar, two international Emmys, the Praemium Imperiale, the Richard Rodgers Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre and The Kennedy Center Honor.

He was knighted in 1992 and created an honorary life peer in 1997.

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