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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | May 25, 2014
The strange journey of Dorothy, courtesy of a tornado, from Kansas to Oz was so indelibly committed to celluloid in 1939 that it might seem unnecessary - even a little sacrilegious - to transform the MGM classic into a stage show. But given the film's colorful story, its no-place-like-home message and brilliant Harold Arlen songs, it's easy to understand the temptation. Only a few years after it hit the screen, "The Wizard of Oz" was adapted by the Municipal Theatre Association of St. Louis.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | May 25, 2014
The strange journey of Dorothy, courtesy of a tornado, from Kansas to Oz was so indelibly committed to celluloid in 1939 that it might seem unnecessary - even a little sacrilegious - to transform the MGM classic into a stage show. But given the film's colorful story, its no-place-like-home message and brilliant Harold Arlen songs, it's easy to understand the temptation. Only a few years after it hit the screen, "The Wizard of Oz" was adapted by the Municipal Theatre Association of St. Louis.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | December 12, 1996
"Whistle Down the Wind," the first Andrew Lloyd Webber musical to premiere in the United States in 25 years, has its grand opening tonight at Washington's National Theatre. The new musical is based on a 1958 novel of the same name by Mary Hayley Bell and on the 1961 movie that starred her daughter, Hayley Mills. Lloyd Webber's collaborators are lyricist Jim Steinman, best known as the lyricist for Meat Loaf, and Patricia Knop, with whom the composer co-wrote the libretto.Harold Prince directs this story about three children who discover a stranger they believe is Jesus Christ.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | May 25, 2013
One of Santa's helpers, a man who tilts at windmills, and Toto, too, will be part of the 2013-2014 season of the Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric. One of the country's most distinguished dance companies, the Joffrey Ballet, is also scheduled. Based on the hit film of the same name, "Elf" is a musical with a score by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin, a book by Thomas Meehan (his credits include "Hairspray") and Bob Martin. The family show, which has been a presence at holiday time on Broadway, will play the Lyric Nov. 22 to Nov. 24. The plot follows the adventures of an orphan who winds up working with the other elves at the North Pole, figures out he's human, and heads to New York to find his father and, of course, what is invariably called the true spirit of Christmas.
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By Mike Giuliano | January 8, 1992
The master of the overblown techno-musical, Andrew Lloyd Webber, sure composes shows that are big and loud. Even a concert version compilation of his greatest hits packs an aural wallop. But is it really music to the ears or just passable pop at high decibel levels?"The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber," which opened at the Lyric Opera House last night and remains there through Sunday, isn't likely to win any converts among those of us who swoon at Sondheim and wince at Webber. Still, the hefty 37-member orchestra, 12 vocalists and star Michael Crawford (aka "The Phantom of the Opera")
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | April 1, 1999
"We gave the world/new ways to dream," claims a frequently reprised lyric in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical "Sunset Boulevard." The production at the Mechanic Theatre, however, is more like a new gloss on old ways to dream. And that's not such a bad thing.In its original incarnation, this mega-musical -- with a libretto by Don Black and Christopher Hampton based on the 1950 Billy Wilder film -- boasted a set so huge, it put the show in the red the first time it tried to tour. This time around, there's a brand new set, designed by Derek McLane, as well as a new director (Susan H. Schulman)
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By Deborah Bach and Deborah Bach,SUN STAFF | July 8, 2000
It was going to be a big night out, and Kathie Bibeau was excited. She figured the show at Baltimore's Lyric Opera House would be a perfect hybrid - the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber performed by one of Bibeau's favorite singers, pop crooner Michael Bolton. Bibeau and her husband Al, theater aficionados who have seen numerous Lloyd Webber productions, bought tickets to the show for themselves and two as a going-away gift to friends who were moving out of town. The night of the show, the foursome went out to dinner.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | June 13, 2000
Michael Bolton is on his cell phone, talking about his current concert tour while sitting in a Chicago dressing room, when a member of the production crew interrupts him. "I'm sorry," Bolton says, cutting the conversation short, "They're telling me the show has begun. I have to get into my stage clothes, and go out and get nailed to a cross." Under any other circumstance, one would take that to mean Bolton was about to perform for a crowd of rock critics. In this case, however, he's being quite literal, because the opening number in Bolton's current show - a semi-theatrical spectacular entitled "The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber" (which opens at the Lyric Opera House this evening)
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By Jean Marbella and Jean Marbella,SUN STAFF | December 3, 1996
WASHINGTON -- The food critic of the London Daily Telegraph is in town, where he noted the desolation of a city that clears out over the Thanksgiving holiday and ate perhaps the best restaurant meal of his life at the famed Inn at Little Washington in Virginia. Oh, and he also put the final touches on a new Broadway-bound musical.It's not your imagination -- Andrew Lloyd Webber truly is everywhere. If not Broadway -- where his seemingly indefatigable musicals "Cats," "Phantom of the Opera" and "Sunset Boulevard" are still playing, then his native London, where a new version of "Jesus Christ Superstar" has opened.
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By Michael Kilian and Michael Kilian,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | January 28, 1996
With Colm Wilkinson, you don't need falling chandeliers. Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Music of the Night," a high-style song and dance revue of the superstar composer's greatest hits, opens Tuesday at the Lyric Opera House. But you won't find the famous descending chandelier of "The Phantom of the Opera," the grand staircase of "Sunset Boulevard," the neon junkyard of "Cats" or the roller-skate railroad of "Starlight Express." Neither will you see the extravagant trappings of two early Lloyd Webber hits, "Evita" and "Jesus Christ Superstar."
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By Mary Johnson, For The Baltimore Sun | January 30, 2013
Opera AACC is celebrating its 11th anniversary this month with a production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Jesus Christ Superstar," running Feb. 1-9 at Anne Arundel Community College's Robert Kauffman Theater at the Pascal Center for Performing Arts. Director Douglas Brandt Byerly, chairman of AACC's performing arts department, said he hopes the show reflects his admiration of Lloyd Webber's groundbreaking work, as well as his own appreciation of the production's three leading players: Emily Sergo as Mary Magdalene, Robert Bradley as Judas and Benjamin Lurye as Jesus.
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By Mary Carole McCauley and Mary Carole McCauley,SUN THEATER CRITIC | January 15, 2008
When Evita tangos onto the Lyric Opera House stage this week, listen closely to the creaking of those venerable floorboards. You just might hear the 113-year-old institution quick-stepping into the future. Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1979 musical blockbuster will be at the Lyric for only three performances, but this show represents a new course for the venue, because it was selected by the theater's staff instead of by an outside promoter. If you go Evita will be performed at 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. Tickets are $45-$65.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,Special to The Sun | November 17, 2006
The Moonlight Troupers present nonstop, fast-paced entertainment by a rainbow of energetic actors in their new production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The first collaboration of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, the 1968 musical based on the biblical tale retains its freshness. At Anne Arundel Community College's Pascal Center for the Performing Arts, Rob Berry has created a fascinating urban playground set that fully uses the height and width of the stage while providing space for continuous action.
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January 7, 2006
On Tuesday, a revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's legendary musical Cats lands at the Hippodrome Theatre. The original show was a phenomenon, running for 18 years and 7,485 performances on Broadway before closing in 2000 -- but not before more than 10 million people saw it. Including you, perhaps? Maybe you saw it dozens of times. Maybe you saw it once and had enough. Is there a memory of the show that stays with you? Tell us your Cats story, and maybe we'll tell others. Send an e-mail by noon Monday to sun.features@baltsun.
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January 13, 2005
I actually confessed that I'd never seen the show to Andrew Lloyd Webber. -- Emmy Rossum, via AP Radio, on auditioning for the film version of "The Phantom of the Opera"
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 18, 2003
While most theater troupes have been sending Yuletide heroes including Ebenezer Scrooge and George Bailey to center stage in recent weeks, Children's Theatre of Annapolis has bucked the seasonal trend by reaching back to the Hebrew Bible and the story of Joseph and his dazzling coat of many colors. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat has become the most popular of the rock operas by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. (Evita and Jesus Christ Superstar round out that remarkable threesome.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | August 22, 1996
A new $10 million Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, "Whistle Down the Wind," directed by Harold Prince, will premiere at Washington's National Theatre in December, the composer's producing company announced yesterday.Based on a 1961 British movie that starred Hayley Mills and Alan Bates, "Whistle Down the Wind" is about a trio of children who discover an escaped convict, whom they believe to be Jesus Christ.The nine-week, pre-Broadway Washington run will mark the first time Lloyd Webber has premiered a musical outside his native England since "Jesus Christ Superstar" opened on Broadway 25 years ago. The National Theatre engagement will begin previews on Dec. 6, open Dec. 12 and continue through Feb. 9. The Broadway opening is scheduled for April 17, at the Martin Beck Theatre.
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By Robert W. Welkos and Robert W. Welkos,Los Angeles Times | July 11, 1999
HOLLYWOOD -- It is an emotional journey that has now lasted nearly a decade, a journey born in a darkened theater when the Phantom vanishes from his lair leaving behind only a mask for his pursuers to ponder.As the houselights went up, Diane Flogerzi was so overwhelmed by Michael Crawford's performance in Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit musical "The Phantom of the Opera" that all she wished for was to get back in line at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles and -- like a child who can't get enough of the rides at Disneyland -- immediately experience it all over again.
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By Mary P. Johnson and Mary P. Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 15, 2003
In Annapolis, summer begins at Commissioning Week, with this year's commencement at the Naval Academy set on the same date that the Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre season begins. On the site of the city's Colonial-era blacksmith shop, Summer Garden's 200-seat courtyard theater is at 143 Compromise St., across from City Dock. On weekends from May 23 through Aug. 30 Thursdays through Sundays, the outdoor theater will celebrate its 38th season "under the stars," opening with Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Evita, running through June 21. William Shakespeare's comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor is scheduled from June 27 through July 26. The season closes with Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady, to run through the month of August.
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