Tony-winning composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and producer Michael Harrison have joined forces for a new musical theatre partnership. Entitled Lloyd Webber Harrison Musicals, the company will find and develop musicals and create new productions from Lloyd Webber’s existing catalogue.
Says The Phantom of the Opera composer Lloyd Webber, "Our partnership will build on our relationship, which has already produced Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at The London Palladium. Michael has also brilliantly revived the annual Palladium pantomime.…On a personal level, I am thrilled. I will now concentrate on composing knowing that I have a first-rate producer to collaborate with in the future.”
Harrison adds, “I am delighted to be joining forces with Andrew Lloyd Webber to create Lloyd Webber Harrison Musicals, which I hope will be a major force in producing musical theatre across the world. Andrew has written some of the greatest musicals of all time, and I look forward to producing new interpretations of these shows as well as his new work and other musicals by writers Andrew and I both admire."
Previous projects and business at Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group and Michael Harrison Entertainment will continue to operate outside of the new company.
In addition to composing the scores for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Evita, Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Phantom of the Opera, Sunset Boulevard, School of Rock, Bad Cinderella, and more, Lloyd Webber owns six London theatres, including the London Palladium and Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.
Harrison’s producing credits in the West End include The Drifters Girl, two seasons of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Palladium, Young Frankenstein, Annie, Mrs. Henderson Presents, Gypsy, and The Bodyguard. He produced Disney’s Bedknobs and Broomsticks on tour in the U.K., and he is chief executive of Crossroads Pantomimes.
The move is Lloyd Webber's first major partnership with a producer since his long association with Cameron Mackintosh, who helped bring Lloyd Webber's Cats, Song and Dance, and The Phantom of the Opera to the stage.