Tony- and Olivier-winning composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and Academy Award nominee Antonio Banderas, who played Che in the film version of Lloyd Webber's Evita, have joined forces to create a production company entitled Amigos Para Siempre.
The new company takes its name from Lloyd Webber and Don Black's song “Amigos Para Siempre,” written for the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona and performed at the closing ceremony by Sarah Brightman and José Carreras.
Amigos Para Siempre will produce Spanish-language theatre and live entertainment, including some of Lloyd Webber’s musicals, for major Spanish-speaking markets. APS will also license and develop work for the world’s Spanish-speaking markets, including those within the U.S.
Through Really Useful Group, founded and owned by Lloyd Webber, the company will have first-class stage rights to Spanish-language versions of such Lloyd Webber hits as The Phantom of the Opera, Sunset Boulevard, Starlight Express, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Cinderella, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and School of Rock.
Lloyd Webber said in a statement, “Not only is Antonio Banderas entertainment royalty, he is also one of the most versatile, creative minds I have ever had the pleasure of working with. It is truly exciting to partner with Antonio to bring my work, as well as other brilliant Broadway and West End titles, to new markets. While millions of people in the Spanish-speaking world already love our shows and music, the appetite for more, and the level of musical and theatrical talent, is extraordinary. I can’t wait to work with Antonio to bring the very highest-quality Spanish language productions to the world."
Banderas added, “I had the great privilege to work closely with Andrew during the recording and shooting of his celebrated musical Evita in 1996, but it was when I saw Jesus Christ Superstar back in the early '70s that I became attached to the music, the theatre, and the fabulous talent of Andrew Lloyd Webber. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that I became an actor because of the enormous influence and the strong impression I experienced when I saw Andrew’s musicals. To have the opportunity to work with one of the most respected and admired composers of all times, offering his amazing works for Spanish-speaking audiences, is one of the highlights of my career in show business.”
APS is overseen by Emanuel Nunez, managing director of NuCo Media Group, and President of the Really Useful Group Jessica Koravos.
Banderas launched Teatro del Soho Caixabank Theater in 2019. He directed and starred in A Chorus Line, the company’s debut Spanish-language production, and recently directed and starred in his Spanish-language production of Company.