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Andrew Lloyd Webber: The Royal Albert Hall Celebration (1999)

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A tribute to Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber for his 50th birthday. Features selections from his most popular plays, such as CATS, Phantom of the Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Sunset ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tina Arena ...
Performer 'Whistle Down the Wind'
Performer 'Gethsemane', 'All I Ask You' 'Vaults of Heaven' and 'Love Changes Everything'
Performer 'Oh What a Circus', 'High Flying Adored' and 'The Phantom of the Opera'
Stephen Gately ...
Himself - Performer 'No Matter What' (as Boyzone)
Performer 'Pie Jesu', 'The Phantom of the Opera', 'All I Ask You' and 'The Music of the Night'
Performer 'Once Upon A Time', 'With One Look' and 'As If We Never Said Goodbye'
Ben De'ath ...
Performer 'Pie Jesu'
Julian Lloyd Webber ...
Performer 'Inro and Variations I-IV'
Marcus Lovett ...
Performer 'Superstar' and 'Once Upon A Time'
Lottie Mayor ...
Performer 'Whistle Down the Wind'
Dennis O'Neill ...
Performer 'Hosanna'
Performer 'Any Dream Will Do' and 'Close Every Door'
Elaine Paige ...
Performer 'Don't Cry for Me, Argentina' and 'Memory'
Ray Shell ...
Performer 'There's Light at the End of the Tunnel'
Kiri Te Kanawa ...
Performer 'The Heart is Slow to Learn'


A tribute to Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber for his 50th birthday. Features selections from his most popular plays, such as CATS, Phantom of the Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Sunset Boulevard. It also has an appearence by his brother a world famous cellist playing a piece composed by LLoyd Webber. Written by Nikki Norton <>

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Andrew Lloyd Webber: What I want to celebrate tonight has nothing to do with really myself, but the future - please - of musical theatre.
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Referenced in Love Never Dies (2012) See more »


Variations XXII-XXIII
Music by Niccolò Paganini (as Paganini)
Arranged by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Performed by Julian Lloyd Webber
Published by The Really Useful Group Ltd.
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The Concert You Will Never Forget
23 March 2005 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

If you are a die-hard Andrew Lloyd Webber fan like myself, this is an absolute must-have for the permanent collection. I loved every minute of it. Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber's 50th Birthday Celebration was the night to remember.

Sarah Brightman sang beautifully, as she soared into the stratosphere in the "Phantom of the Opera" duet with Antonio Banderas. Donny Osmond offered clean phrasing and vocalism in his selection from "Joseph and the Technicolored Amazing Dreamcoat." Glenn Close brought Hollywood style and charisma to her selections from "Sunset Boulevard." Julian Lloyd Webber brought technical mastery and pitch-perfect intonation to the "Varations for Cello and Orchestra" piece.

And then, almost towards the very end, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber himself came out and personally introduced Dame Kiri Te Kanawa to the audience. Dame Kiri, a few moments later, sang the world premiere of his new song, "The Heart is Slow to Learn," intended for the sequel to his magnum opus, "The Phantom of the Opera." Well, it was in a word, stunning. Te Kanawa sang passionately, and with the sincerity a famous classical performer would bring to Wagner or Puccini. Absolutely breathtaking.

And then, the entire cast came out to sing "Happy Birthday" to Sir Andrew, with Kiri Te Kanawa and Sarah Brightman soaring above the entire orchestra and chorus. There was no dry eye in the audience.

An absolutely wonderful performance!

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