Overture and beginners — Perseus & co. — Some enchanted ruin — Auntie Vi — A whiter shade of something that didn’t taste very nice in the first place — “Mr Lloyd Webber, do you like cats?” — Enter Timothy Miles Bindon Rice — Teenage operas, pop cantatas — Elvis with mellotron and tambourines — Any dream won’t do — “Did Judas Iscariot have God on his side?” — Love changes everything, but… — JCS meets RSO — Jesus goes to Broadway — A bad case of the Edward Woodwards — Suddenly there’s a valet — Syd — Driverless juggernauts hurtling down a hill — Eva and Juan — The long hot summer and the sound of a Paraguayan harp — The song that cleared the dance floors — Imogen and Niccolò — Variations — Really useful — Tell me on a Sunday — “This artfully produced monument to human indecency” — Shaddap and take that look off your face — Mr Mackintosh — “All the characters must be cats” — Growltiger’s last stand — Body stockings, leg warmers and meat cleavers — Song and dance, and sleep — “The most obnoxious form of ‘music’ ever invented” — Miss Sarah Brightman — “Brrrohahaha!!!” — Requiem — Epiphany — “Big change from book” — Year of the phantom — In another part of the West End forest… — Mr Crawford — “Let your soul take you where you want to be!” — Playout music.
“One of the most successful and distinguished artists of our time, Andrew Lloyd Webber has reigned over the musical theatre world for nearly five decades. The winner of numerous awards, including multiple Tonys and an Oscar, Lloyd Webber has enchanted millions worldwide with his music and numerous hit shows, including Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Cats, The Phantom of the Opera–Broadway’s longest running show–and most recently, School of Rock. In Unmasked, written in his own inimitable, quirky voice, the revered, award-winning composer takes stock of his achievements, the twists of fate and circumstance that brought him both success and disappointment, and the passions that inspire and sustain him”–Dust jacket flap.