Before anything can be said about Andrew Lloyd Webber, it is essential to make a comparison to better understand the high position that Webber felicitates. The best comparison would be Webber is to the theater what Michael Jordan is to basketball. He isn't everything and can't play every position but the glory is astounding. He is still alive and in good health and is making more money than any theater composer had ever dreamed of. Nobody can deny his talent because it has circulated around the world from Broadway to Tokyo and back to London. "The Phantom of the Opera, Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, Aspects of Love, Cats, Evita, and Jesus Christ Superstar," are minute examples of all the music he has created or recreated. His golden key would be his vast knowledge of different types of theater. Whether it be opera, operetta, music drama, or the regular Broadway musical, Webber is the most distinguished and richest force in the theater business today.
At first glance, Webber resembles something like a cartoon character. He is a short man with a round face and eyes resembling those of a cat's. it's okay though because he is that much more recognizable on the street. In all honesty, I did not imagine such a "huge" composer to be so little. For whatever it's worth, I"m sure he doesn't care for in England he is not just Andrew Lloyd Webber, he is Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber. He was knighted in 1992 and created a life peer in 1997. Who can argue against a knight who has also won such awards as seven Tony's, three Grammy's, five Olivier's, a Golden Globe, the Praemium Imperiale, the Richard Rodgers, and the Critics Circle Award for Best Musical in 2000.
Webber is directly responsible for all the blockbuster musicals of Broadway in the 70's, 80's and 90's, all the way into the new millennium. He combines all the contemporary forms of music with others. Using rock & roll, classical, country, and even jazz, he can combine that with theater music from the 20's, 30's, and 40's to create Broadway hits such as, "Phantom of the Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Evita.