Unmasked: A Memoir

By Andrew Lloyd Webber
Read by Derek Perkins , with a prologue and epilogue read by Andrew Lloyd Webber

16.58 Hours 03/06/2018 unabridged
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Published to coincide with his seventy-fifth birthday, a memoir by revered, award-winning composer, producer, and impresario of some of the most recognized musicals in the history of theater, including The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, and Evita In Unmasked, internationally acclaimed composer Andrew Lloyd Webber looks back over more than five decades in the spotlight as he recounts his fascinating life and remarkable career. He goes back to his origins, illuminating his charming, offbeat family, including his bohemian mother and her pet monkey; his grandmother, who was a founding member of the Christian Communist Party; his zany aunt, who authored the first gay cookbook; and his richly talented younger brother Julian Lloyd Webber. Lloyd Webber recalls the musicals he created as a child, his school days at Oxford, his artistic influences, including Tim Rice and David Niven, and how he made the decision to leave school to pursue the musical career that would make him a global superstar. He illuminates his creative process and takes us behind the scenes of his productions, sharing fascinating details about the shows and the rich cast of characters involved with making them hits. Full of colorful characters and rich storytelling, Unmasked at last reveals the true face of the extraordinary man beneath the storied legend.

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Summary

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A New York Times bestseller

Published to coincide with his seventy-fifth birthday, a memoir by revered, award-winning composer, producer, and impresario of some of the most recognized musicals in the history of theater, including The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, and Evita

In Unmasked, internationally acclaimed composer Andrew Lloyd Webber looks back over more than five decades in the spotlight as he recounts his fascinating life and remarkable career. He goes back to his origins, illuminating his charming, offbeat family, including his bohemian mother and her pet monkey; his grandmother, who was a founding member of the Christian Communist Party; his zany aunt, who authored the first gay cookbook; and his richly talented younger brother Julian Lloyd Webber.

Lloyd Webber recalls the musicals he created as a child, his school days at Oxford, his artistic influences, including Tim Rice and David Niven, and how he made the decision to leave school to pursue the musical career that would make him a global superstar. He illuminates his creative process and takes us behind the scenes of his productions, sharing fascinating details about the shows and the rich cast of characters involved with making them hits.

Full of colorful characters and rich storytelling, Unmasked at last reveals the true face of the extraordinary man beneath the storied legend.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“While Lloyd Webber offhandedly narrates the brief prologue and epilogue, Derek Perkins skillfully handles the majority of the audiobook, giving it a cheeky and well-modulated narration…Music and theater fans will enjoy this ultimate companion volume to Lloyd Webber works; the memoir includes the rationale and evolution of nearly all the songs and stories from so many memorable nights in the theater.” AudioFile
“[A] charmingly idiosyncratic, surprisingly endearing and ruthlessly entertaining autobiography.” Wall Street Journal
“Unmasked (the title is a play on Phantom’s signature facial gear) will tickle music and theater geeks. It’s an insider’s inside account, highly readable, thanks to Lloyd Webber’s affable, intelligent voice.” USA Today
“Proves as readable as his hits are watchable.” Washington Post
“Gripping insight into a rich and intensely creative life.” BBC America
“An enlightening look into Andrew Lloyd Webber’s early life and professional career.” Broadway World
“Filled with wit, self-deprecating humor and dollops of gossip.” BookPage

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Author

Author Bio: Andrew Lloyd Webber

Andrew Lloyd Webber is the composer of some of the world’s best-known musicals including Cats, Evita, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Phantom of the Opera, and Sunset Boulevard. His awards, both as composer and producer, include seven Tonys, seven Oliviers, a Golden Globe, and an Oscar. He owns seven London theaters including the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, and the London Palladium. He was knighted in 1992 and created an honorary member of the House of Lords in 1997. He is passionate about the importance of music in education and the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has become one of Britain’s leading charities supporting the arts and music.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 16.58
Audience: Adult
Language: English