Andrew Lloyd Webber:
Born in 1948, ALW is composer of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Jeeves later reworked as By Jeeves, Evita, Variations and Tell Me on a Sunday later combined as Song and Dance, CATS, Starlight Express, The Phantom of the Opera, Aspects of Love, Sunset Boulevard, Whistle Down the Wind, The Beautiful Game. For film, he composed Gumshoe, The Odessa File, additional music Evita; and Requiem, a setting of the Latin Requiem Mass. His productions include Daisy Pulls it Off and La Bete, both Olivier Award Winners, and he will produce the musical Bombay Dreams in London in early 2002. He now solely owns the Really Useful Group whose management, in addition to producing his own work, is active independently from him in developing and producing the works of other writers. The Really Useful Group is co-owner of Really Useful Theatres which is London's largest proprietor of West End theatres, including the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, the London Palladium and the Palace. Awards include seven Tonys, three Grammys, five Oliviers, a Golden Globe, an Oscar, the Praemium Imperiale, the Richard Rodgers and the Critics' Circle Award for Best Musical 2000. He was knighted in 1992 and created a life peer (Lord) in 1997.