Musical maestro Andrew Lloyd Webber to receive Tony for lifetime achievement

The creative musical force behind Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar and The Phantom of the Opera adds another trophy to his collection.

Musical maestro Andrew Lloyd Webber to receive Tony for lifetime achievement
Photo credit: Tristram Kenton for School of Rock the Musical (London)

This June, the musical maestro himself Andrew Lloyd Webber will be honoured with a distinguished Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre.

One of the few composers today who has created a marquee name for himself, he’s the creative musical force behind some of the most iconic shows of our times, such as Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar and The Phantom of the Opera, ranked as the longest-running show in Broadway’s history.

This Lifetime Achievement Award will sit nicely in his cabinet alongside his other awards that include an Oscar, a Golden Globe, four Grammys, six Tonys and seven Oliviers (plus a few Honours, Hall of Fame inductions and a star on the Hollywood walk of Fame).

“I am completely overwhelmed as a Brit to be honoured by the Broadway community at the Tonys, particularly at the time when musicals are flying higher in their spiritual home New York than they have for two generations,” the British composer said.

So how big of an Andrew Lloyd Webber fan are you? Do you know which musicals featuring his work are touring Australia this year? Scroll down and put your knowledge to the test…

1. The Wizard of Oz

Featuring all the classic from the original 1939 movie, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production also includes several new songs written by the maestro himself and longterm musical partner Tim Rice. AND it also has a real-life Toto. Touring Oz till the Sun 22 July, we personal think this show is heel-clicking good. Read our review here.

“The Wizard of Oz is a heartwarming production that will blow you away, into the Land of Oz, and leave you humming the tunes as you step out of the theatre hours later”

2. School of Rock the Musical

Based on the iconic 2003 hit movie, Andrew Lloyd Webber has honoured the rock gods by adding 14 new songs to the shows already face-melting set list. A side step from his normal musical repertoire, he admits that ‘rock’ has always been on his radar, “In 1959 I saw ‘My Fair Lady’ and ‘Jailhouse Rock’ and remember wondering how musicals could be so different from each other. I always thought rock and theatre were my thing too. Right from the beginning.” Lloyd Webber said. Kicking off in Melbourne on Tue 30 Oct, this high-octane production delivers guitar riffs and touching romance in equally awesome doses. Grab your tickets now.

“I laughed. I cried. I rocked”

3. Ramin Karimloo With Special Guest Anna O’Byrne

Known as one of the most formidable talents in music theatre today this Broadway and West End star was handpicked by Andrew Lloyd Webber to perform in The Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary concert at the Royal Albert Hall. During this spectacular showcase of musical favourites, Ramin will also be joined on stage by special guest Anna O’Byrne, Australia’s own leading lady of My Fair Lady and Love Never Dies.

“A really popular…Phantom I have to say, he’s just great”

4. Evita

Taking out the top musical prize at the 1997 Oscars, Andrew Lloyd Webber won an Oscar for Best Original Song for “You Must Love Me,” which he wrote with Tim Rice for the movie version of Evita starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas. EVITA will open at the Sydney Opera House in September 2018, directed by legendary Broadway director Hal Prince and starring Tina Arena. Aussie fans are in for a real a treat, as this will be Arena’s first performance in a musical since her role as Sally Bowles in 2002 Sydney production of Cabaret.

“I am absolutely thrilled that…this wonderful production of Evita should be seen again, and to renew my association with Tina Arena”

The 72nd Annual Tony Awards will take place on 10 June, hosted by singers Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban. Check out the full list of nominations here.