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I love musicals and understand why the critics mauled Andrew Lloyd Webber’s autobiography but once you get past childhood and if you like musicals it’s an interesting listen and although very little you haven’t heard before, I can’t say I didn’t enjoy it. Shame it stops at Phantom as I really wanted to hear about the recent shows but supposedly this is volume one. Only odd thing is it displays 2 chapters ahead of what they say (ie they say chapter 3 and it’s 5 on screen) but you don’t appear to have missed anything. He’s very complimentary about most and glosses over difficult issues and although ALW only reads the intro I did enjoy the professional narrator and I would say if you like theatre it’s an interesting listen.
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What a sheer joy to get the inside story of this contemporary genius. As a lover of Puccini and having visited his home I longed to meet his successor and this is as close to ALW I am ever likely to get
The intrigues and shenanigans that go between melody and show are revealing as are the sadness that occur through his productive life. Like me he had suffered the indignities of Prostate Cancer but rebuilt his creative juices and will surely produce yet another masterpiece. I can not recommend this book more highly to anyone who enjoys the musical theatre
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