Andrew Lloys Webber has penned the autobiography, Unmasked, set for a March 2018 release.
Andrew Lloyd Webber has penned the autobiography, Unmasked, set for a March 2018 release.
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Andrew Lloyd Webber's memoir Unmasked will be released by HarperCollins on March 6, 2018, coinciding with the legendary musical theater composer's 70th birthday.

In the book, Lloyd Webber shares the details of his early personal and professional years, including his early artistic influences. He looks back at the development of some of his most famous works, discussing his collaborations with luminaries such as Tim Rice, Robert Stigwood, Harold Prince, Cameron Mackintosh, and Trevor Nunn. The behind-the-scenes look at his productions also includes details of the creative and logistical challenges and artistic political battles that ensued.

"I have long resisted writing an autobiography. Autobiographies are by definition self-serving and mine is no exception," said Lloyd Webber. "It is the result of my nearest and dearest, moaning at me 'to tell your story your way.' I meekly agreed, primarily to shut them up. Consequently this tome is not my fault. I intended to write my memoirs in one volume and I have failed spectacularly. Quite how I have been able to be so verbose about the most boring person I have ever written about eludes me."

Earlier this year, Lloyd Webber held the distinction of having four of his shows on Broadway simultaneously, with the overlapping runs of Sunset Boulevard, School of Rock, Cats, and The Phantom of the Opera, which remains the longest-running show in Broadway history. His other works include Aspects of Love, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Starlight Express, and Love Never Dies. Throughout his career, he has earned seven Tonys, three Grammys, seven Oliviers, one Golden Globe, and an Oscar.