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Andrew Lloyd Webber, Baron Lloyd Webber of Sydmonton (born March 22, 1948) is a highly successful British composer of musical theatre.

Webber was born in London, the son of composer William Lloyd Webber and brother of cellist Julian Lloyd Webber.

He had a succession of hit shows in the 1970s and 1980s, in collaboration with lyricist Tim Rice. Their first big success was Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1968). Later collaborations included Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita, both of which were released as albums before being brought to the stage. Subsequently, Lloyd Webber parted company with Rice and experimented with other lyricists on works such as Cats, Starlight Express, and The Phantom of the Opera, all of which ran for many years in London's West End and on Broadway. Evita and Jesus Christ Superstar have been turned into films with The Phantom of the Opera to join them in December 2004.

His many other musical theatre works include Aspects of Love, Sunset Boulevard, Whistle Down the Wind, Song and Dance, and The Beautiful Game. He has also composed for film.

His second wife was singer Sarah Brightman. They were married from 1984 to 1990.

In 2002, he produced a musical Bombay Dreams with Indian music composer AR Rahman. The musical celebrated its first birthday at the Apollo Victoria Theatre on Jun 19, 2003.

He was knighted in 1992 and created a life peer in 1997.

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