Throughout his career, Andrew Lloyd Webber is beloved for his many works, from the very popular long-running musicals, to the short-lived hits. In addition to his beloved full-length musicals, Lloyd Webber has also contributed music to a song cycle, a set of variations, two film scores, and a Latin Requiem Mass. Throughout his career, he has collaborated with many lyricists, one of them notably being Tim Rice, whom he worked with for 10 years at the beginning of his career. Andrew Lloyd Webber has received a number of awards including over six Tony Awards, three Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, among many others. His works are a very influential part of the theatre community and are loved by many. Here, we’ve rounded up a complete list of every full-length Andrew Lloyd Webber musical — all 21.
The Likes of Us
The first musical from Lloyd Webber and Rice’s collaboration, The Likes of Us tells the true story of Thomas John Barnardo, a philanthropist who founded homes for destitute children. Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote the music, Tim Rice penned the lyrics, and the book is written by Leslie Thomas. Although this musical was composed in 1965, it was not performed until 2005, at Lloyd Webber’s Sydmonton Festival. Amateur rights have been released, and The Likes of Us has never been performed on Broadway.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
This musical comedy is another collaboration from Lloyd Webber’s music and Rice’s lyrics. This story is based on the “coat of many colors” story of Joseph from the Bible’s Book of Genesis. This musical comedy has the distinction of being the first musical of theirs to be performed publicly. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat had its Broadway premiere in January 1982 at the Royale Theatre, now known today as the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. It received several Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical and Best Original Score. It has since been revived on Broadway once in 1993 and on the West End four times.
Jesus Christ Superstar
The rock opera album musical Jesus Christ Superstar features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. The story is loosely based on the Gospels’ accounts of the last week of Jesus’s life. The musical started off as a rock opera concept album and is entirely sung-through, with no spoken dialogue. It premiered on Broadway in 1971, at the Mark Hellinger Theatre, receiving five Tony Award nominations. Since then, it has been highly successful and popular, with multiple Broadway revivals, West End revivals, and US & UK tours.
Originally known as Jeeves, this musical is based on the series of novels and short stories by P.G. Wodehouse that center around the character of Bertie Wooster and his loyal valet, Jeeves. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics and book by Alan Ayckbourn, the show initially flopped but was rewritten and renamed to By Jeeves. It was staged on Broadway for a brief run at the Helen Hayes Theater in 2001.
With a score and music composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics and a book written by Tim Rice, Evita is a well-known musical that concentrates on the life of Argentine political leader Eva Peron. Similar to the beginnings of Jesus Christ Superstar, the musical was released in 1976 as a rock opera concept album. Because of its success, Evita received productions in London’s West End and a Broadway premiere at the Broadway Theatre in 1979. It was nominated for 10 Tony Awards, winning seven, including Best Musical. Evita holds the distinction to be the first British musical to receive the final award of the ceremony. Following its success, this musical has been revived on Broadway and London, and has received many professional tours, worldwide productions, and cast albums.
Tell Me on a Sunday and Song and Dance
Tell Me on a Sunday, a one-woman show, features music written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, with lyrics by Don Black. Tell Me On a Sunday tells the story of an ordinary English girl from Muswell Hill, who journeys to the US in search of love. The musical premiered on Broadway in 1985 at the Royale Theatre, in conjunction with another one-act piece, a ballet choreographed to Lloyd Webber’s Variations — altogether becoming Song and Dance. It was nominated for eight Tony Awards, with Bernadette Peters winning the only award for Best Actress in a Musical. There have been productions featuring new songs and additional material of Tell Me on a Sunday as a standalone piece after its Broadway run, including a revival on the West End.
Cats remains the fourth-longest running Broadway show to date, and features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on the 1939 poetry collection by T. S. Eliot. The story follows a tribe of cats called the Jellicles and the night they make the “Jellicle choice.” One of Lloyd Webber’s most well-known and lauded songs, “Memory” is sung by Grizabella in this musical. The musical first premiered on Broadway in 1982 at the Winter Garden Theatre, and received eleven Tony Award nominations, winning seven, including Best Musical. The musical turned out to be a commercial success, starting the megamusical phenomenon, and has received numerous productions worldwide, most recently a feature film directed by Tom Hooper in 2019.
Starlight Express follows the story of a young but obsolete steam engine named Rusty, who races in a championship against modern engines in the hope of impressing a first-class carriage, Pearl. This 1984 British musical includes music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Richard Stilgoe, though later productions have included additional lyrics from other lyricists and additional music by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s son Alistair. Originally premiered on Broadway in 1987 at the Gershwin Theatre, Starlight Express has been revised many times. Since then, it has received several worldwide tours.
The last original musical that Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber penned together, Cricket is a short musical commissioned for Queen Elizabeth’s 60th birthday celebration. It was first performed at Windsor Castle in 1986. The comic plot follows star cricket player Donald torn between his team and his girlfriend Emma, as she decides to abandon watching cricket for an exciting life at the race track with Vincent. Cricket is entirely sung-through, with no spoken dialogue. This musical was produced only two times after its performance at Windsor Castle and has not debuted on Broadway. Lloyd Webber used some of the tunes from this musical in his later shows Aspect of Love and Sunset Boulevard.
The Phantom of the Opera
This iconic musical is based on the 1910 French novel of the same name by Gaston Lervoux, and the story follows Christine Daae, who becomes the obsession of a mysterious Phantom, living in the subterranean labyrinth beneath the Paris Opera House. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Charles Hart, and a libretto by Lloyd Webber and Richard Stilgoe, this musical is currently the longest-running show in Broadway history. The Phantom of the Opera premiered on Broadway in 1988 at the Majestic Theatre and continues to play at the Majestic, prior to the industry-wide shut down in March of 2020. The production received 10 Tony Award nominations, winning seven including Best Musical. The show has gone on to receive numerous US and UK tours and is a famous part of Broadway history.
Aspects of Love
This musical features a book and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber with lyrics by Don Black and Charles Hart. Its story is based on the novella of the same name by David Garnett, on the romantic entanglements of a group over a period of 17 years. The Broadway production opened in 1990 at the Broadhurst Theatre and received six Tony Award nominations. This musical features some tunes adapted from an earlier show, Cricket.
Sunset Boulevard follows the story of Norma Desmond, a faded star of the silent screen era, who meets screenwriter, Joe Gillis. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics and book by Don Black and Christopher Hampton, this musical premiered on Broadway in 1994 at the Minskoff Theatre. Nominated for 11 Tony Awards, Sunset Boulevard ultimately won seven, including Best Musical that year. The musical has received several long runs and extensive tours.
Whistle Down the Wind
This musical features music composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, who also helped to co-write the book with Patricia Knop and Gale Edwards, with lyrics by Jim Steinman. Whistle Down the Wind is based on the 1961 film of the same name. The show premiered at the National Theatre in Washington D.C. in 1996 but has never been produced on Broadway. It was reworked and has gone on to premiere on the West End and receive several tours.
The Beautiful Game
With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Ben Elton, The Beautiful Game follows a story of a group of teenagers growing up during The Trouble in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The show premiered in 2000 at the Cambridge Theatre in London and has seen a few productions on the Off-West End and Australia. The Beautiful Game has never premiered on Broadway. One of the most successful songs from the show was cut and re-worked into the following show, Love Never Dies.
The Woman in White
The Woman in White is a musical with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by David Zippel, with a book by Charlotte Jones. The story is based on the 1860 novel The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, and elements of 1866 The Signal-Man by Charles Dickens. It premiered on London’s West End in 2004. After receiving cuts and improvements, the show then opened on Broadway at the Marquis Theatre in 2005, closing after three months, making it one of Lloyd Webber’s shortest-running shows. Since then, it has received a West End revival in 2017.
Love Never Dies
The sequel to the iconic The Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies is composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber with lyrics by Glenn Slater, and a book by Lloyd Webber, Ben Elton, Frederick Forsyth, and Slater. The plot is loosely adapted on The Phantom of Manhattan, adapted from Forsyth’s 1999 novel. The show premiered on the West End in 2010, with plans to bring a production to Broadway, though those plans were never accomplished. The show has received many productions worldwide, most recently a World Tour in 2020. These plans for the production have been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and this show was made available on The Shows Must Go On!, Lloyd Webber’s YouTube channel for a limited time in April 2020.
The Wizard of Oz
The Wizard of Oz features a book adapted by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jeremy Sams, with some Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg songs from the film. Some additional music is written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, and lyrics by Tim Rice. The story that this musical follows is based on the 1939 film of the same name, following the story of Dorothy as she travels through the land of Oz. The Wizard of Oz premiered on the West End in 2011 and has received two tours through Toronto & North America, and Australia. The musical has not yet made its Broadway debut as of this time, though a new production is scheduled to premiere in Leicester in 2021.
Stephen Ward is based on the 1963 Profumo affair, featuring the War Minister John Profumo and the socialite Stephen Ward, who introduces him to Christine Keeler, his new mistress – who was also involved with a Russian spy. Featuring music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, and lyrics and book by Don Black and Christopher Hampton, the musical premiered on London’s West End in 2013. This show has not seen further productions yet, nor has it premiered on Broadway.
School of Rock
This rock musical features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, with lyrics by Glenn Slater and a book by Julian Fellowes. School of Rock is based on the 2003 film of the same name, with a story that follows Dewey Finn, a rock singer and guitarist who pretends to be a substitute teacher at a prep school. This musical made its Broadway debut and world premiere at the Winter Garden Theatre in 2015 and was nominated for four Tony Awards. This musical marked the first time since 1971 with Jesus Christ Superstar that a Lloyd Webber musical premiered on Broadway rather than in the West End. Since then, the musical has seen productions on the West End, as well as a US tour. A UK and Ireland tour was announced to open in 2021 but has been postponed due to the pandemic.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella
This new stage musical, not to be confused with the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical with the same name, features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by David Zippel, and a book by Emerald Fennel that is expected to premiere on London’s West End in 2021. The musical is an adaptation of the classic story of the same name and saw a workshop in May 2019.