Tony and Olivier Award-winning composer Andrew Lloyd Webber’s first memoir, Unmasked, is released March 6 by HarperCollins.
Published to coincide with Lloyd Webber's 70th birthday (on March 22), Unmasked is a candid memoir from the composer of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, Sunset Boulevard, and School of Rock, among others.
In the book, Lloyd Webber takes stock of his achievements and charts the twists of fate that brought him both success and disappointment. The composer looks back at the development of some of his most famous works and his collaborations with Tim Rice, Robert Stigwood, Harold Prince, Cameron Mackintosh, and Trevor Nunn.
Readers can expect stories about Elaine Paige, Sarah Brightman, Judi Dench, Richard Branson, A.R. Rahman, Mandy Patinkin, Richard Rodgers, Plácido Domingo, Barbra Streisand, Michael Crawford, Gillian Lynne, Betty Buckley, and more.
“I have long resisted writing an autobiography. Autobiographies are by definition self-serving and mine is no exception,” Lloyd Webber said in an earlier statement. “It is the result of my nearest and dearest, moaning at me ‘to tell your story your way.’ I meekly agreed, primarily to shut them up. Consequently this tome is not my fault. I intended to write my memoirs in one volume and I have failed spectacularly. Quite how I have been able to be so verbose about the most boring person I have ever written about eludes me.”
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(Updated March 6, 2018)