Premieres Wednesday, March 28 at 10 PM ET/PT on NBC
In a festive 70th birthday celebration honoring one of theatre’s most celebrated composers, NBC will air “Andrew Lloyd Webber Tribute to a Superstar” Lloyd Webber, who shaped musical theatre as we know it today, is responsible for some of Broadway’s greatest and most recognizable productions, including “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Evita,” “Sunset Boulevard,” “Cats,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” and “School of Rock.”
The evening will include conversation and reflection with Lloyd Webber along with some of today’s most esteemed names in entertainment. The special will feature theatrical legend Glenn Close, music megastar John Legend, who will play the titular role in “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert,” Sunday, April 1 on NBC, Broadway revolutionary Lin-Manuel Miranda and an appearance by the Young People’s Chorus of New York City.
Last year Lloyd Webber became the only person to equal the record set in 1953 by Rodgers & Hammerstein with four shows running concurrently on Broadway (“Sunset Boulevard,” “Cats,” “The Phantom of the Opera” and “School of Rock”). Two of his shows are currently running on both Broadway and the West End: “School of Rock” and “The Phantom of the Opera.” His musicals have grossed more than $13.6 billion and have been watched by 300-plus million people across 44 countries. He has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide. In addition to his worldwide sales and audiences, Lloyd Webber has been recognized by critics and peers with numerous accolades and awards, including seven Oliviers, seven Tonys, three Grammys, one Golden Globe and an Oscar.