Andrew Lloyd-Webber
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Andrew Lloyd-Webber was the (British) composer who single-handedly resurrected the musical. As a teenager, he and lyricist Tim Rice had already envisioned a futuristic production, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1967), influenced by the psychedelic age, followed by Jesus Christ Superstar (1971), the first Broadway musical entirely devoted to rock music (with the anthemic title-song). Lloyd-Webber and Rice successfully transposed the traditional musical into the technological age with Evita (1979), a musical biography of Eva Peron that included the hit song Don't Cry For Me Argentina (one of the last show tunes to be able to compete in the charts with pop, soul and rock music), and then did the same to the traditional revue with Cats (1982), based on Thomas-Stearns Eliot's book and relying more on effects than on melodies (Memory) and to the operetta with Phantom of the Opera (1986) and to the extravaganza with the truly extravagant (but high-tech) Starlight Express (1984). Lloyd-Webber's light-weight spectacles were the exact opposite of (almost the antidote to, or maybe complementary to) Sondheim's brainy meditations. (Translation by/ Tradotto da xxx)

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