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Andrew Lloyd Webber; Tim Rice

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Andrew 17 and Tim 21 years old started to cooperate and their first musical became “The likes of US”.

The musical was never performed. Just one small, student theatre in Oxford wanted to have the show, but Andrew and Tim were dreaming of West End and answered no.

After had done a few unsuccessful songs together, they didn’t know what to do. Rice wanted to write pop songs while Lloyd Webber wanted to write another musical. It was then they got a call from Alan Doggett.

Alan Doggett was head of music at Colet Court, a small preparatory school in west London. Alan and Andrew had known each other a long time and now Alan wanted something for an end term concert, something religious. Andrew and Tim opened the Bible and found the story about Jacob and his son Joseph.
After two months they had a fifteen - minute rock’n’roll version of the biblical story of Joseph and his coloured coat - Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Now is the musical about two hours when it shows on stage.

On the 24th July 1972 he married 18-year-old Sara Hugill and bought their first real home, Summerlease Farm in Dorset.

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice continued to work together. They created Jesus Christ Superstar (1969), a very big success. They started to write Jeeves (1975) but Rice thought that this wasn’t anything for him and therefore Alan Ayckbourn wrote the lyrics. Andrew and Tim tried again with Evita (1976). Also a big success.
But then they needed time to recharge their batteries, as Rice said. Some time apart.

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  • hellgirl1417

    Other spellings: Nightwish? Really? Nightwish may only dream of ever becoming that good. And Holopainen may dream of ever composing stuff that good..

    27 Aug 2010 Reply