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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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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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(from "Jesus Christ Superstar")
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Performed by Marcus Lovett and The Soul Girls
Published by MCA Music Ltd.
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2 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

I first saw bits and pieces of this when it was on PBS several years ago, and bought the video on the advice of a Michael Ball fan. I very much enjoy Andrew Lloyd Webber's music, and I enjoyed just about every performance in this show. The highlights for me: Michael Ball's rendition of Gethsemane was very powerful, the best I've ever heard. Vaults of Heaven, a new song to me, was stunningly beautiful, as was his duet with Sarah Brightman, All I Ask of You. As for Love Changes Everything -- absolutely outstanding, especially with the entire cast joining in.

Donny Osmond was excellent with two of the best songs from Joseph.

Antonio Banderas was a surprise -- he was very good singing the pieces from Evita, but not as good singing the title song from Phantom of the Opera -- there were some minor errors in his phrasing and he sounded like he was a bit out of his voice range.

Glenn Close was simply magnificant in her singing of the songs from Sunset Boulevard.

I was disappointed in Sarah Brightman's performance of Pie Jesu. Rounding her mouth as she did throughout most of the song made the words almost unintelligible, and spoiled the beauty of the song for me. Ben De'ath, the young boy who sang with her, was much clearer in his enunciation. Ms. Brightman's other performances were much better.

If you are a fan of Andrew Lloyd Webber's music, you will want this for your collection.

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