Andrew Lloyd Webber introduces and discusses his new memoir, Unmasked, in an exclusive literary event on Monday March 5 at The Town Hall. Joining him in conversation is award-winning actress Glenn Close who will serve as a special guest host for the evening.
The event celebrates the publication of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s long-awaited autobiography, Unmasked, to be released on March 6 by HarperCollins, coinciding with the legendary composer’s 70th birthday.
A natural storyteller, with his signature humor and self-deprecating tone, Lloyd Webber shares the details of his early personal and professional years, including his early artistic influences. In Unmaksed, Lloyd Webber takes stock of his achievements, the twists of fate and circumstance which brought him both success and disappointment, and the passions that inspire and sustain him.
Actress Glenn Close will be the special guest host for The Town Hall event. A six-time Academy Award nominee, Close won a Tony award for her portrayal of Norma Desmond in Webber’s Sunset Boulevard, and won a London Evening Standard award for the London Coliseum production of the show in Spring 2016. She reprised the role last year at the Palace Theatre in New York.
A record of several exciting and turbulent decades of British and American musical theater and the transformation of popular music itself, Unmasked is ultimately a chronicle of artistic creation. Lloyd Webber looks back at the development of some of his most famous works and illuminates his collaborations with luminaries such as Tim Rice, Robert Stigwood, Harold Prince, Cameron Mackintosh, and Trevor Nunn. Taking us behind the scenes of his productions, Lloyd Webber reveals fascinating details about each show, including the rich cast of characters involved with making them, and the creative and logistical challenges and artistic political battles that ensued.
Reflecting a life that included many passions (from architecture to Turkish Van swimming cats), full of witty and revealing anecdotes, and featuring cameo appearances by numerous celebrities – Elaine Paige, Sarah Brightman, David Frost, Julie Covington, Judi Dench, Richard Branson, A.R. Rahman, Mandy Patinkin, Richard Rodgers, Norman Jewison, Milos Forman, Placido Domingo, Barbra Streisand, Michael Crawford, Gillian Lynne, Betty Buckley, and more – Unmasked at last reveals the true face of the extraordinary man beneath the storied legend.
“I have long resisted writing an autobiography. Autobiographies are by definition self-serving and mine is no exception,” Lloyd Webber comments. “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.”
Full of colorful characters, rich storytelling and illustrated with sixteen pages of color photos, Unmasked provides unique insight into the life of the man who has entertained millions of audiences around the world with his music.
The Town Hall event on March 5th promises to be unique “opening night” for this remarkable memoir, and an intimate and free-wheeling conversation between the composer and one of his most iconic stars.
Each ticket purchase will include a hardcover copy of Unmasked, which will also be available for sale at The Town Hall on the night of the show. Tickets for the event can be purchased HERE.