Superstars pay tribune to Andrew Lloyd Webber

March 27, 2018 GMT

From the moment his innovative “rock opera,” “Jesus Christ Superstar” hit the Broadway stage in 1973, songs such as “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” and “Music of the Night” have permeated popular culture over the years, and the music and imagination of seven-time Tony Award winner Andrew Lloyd Webber has profoundly influenced the look and sound of the Great White Way.

Now Tony Award winners Glenn Close, John Legend and Lin-Manuel Miranda will celebrate the legendary composer’s 70th birthday when NBC presents “Andrew Lloyd Webber: Tribute to a Superstar,” airing March 28 at 10 p.m.

Recipient of three Grammys, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and the Kennedy Center Honor, Andrew Lloyd Webber, born in London on March 22, 1948, is considered to be the most successful composer of musicals in history. In addition to the ground-breaking “Jesus Christ Superstar,” his record-setting original works include “Cats” (1994), “Evita” (1996), “Phantom of the Opera” (2004) and “School of Rock” (2015).

According to the network, “Andrew Lloyd Webber: Tribute to a Superstar” will include conversation and reflection with Lloyd Webber along with some of today’s most esteemed names in entertainment, including Academy Award winner and multiple Grammy winner John Legend, who will play the title role in “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert,” Sunday, April 1 on NBC.

The salute to Lloyd Webber will also feature six-time Oscar nominee Glenn Close, who in 2016, won a Tony Award for the reprisal of her role in Lloyd Webber’s “Sunset Boulevard,” as well as Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of historic blockbuster, “Hamilton,” and a “Broadway revolutionary” in his own right. There will also be an appearance by the Young People’s Chorus of New York City.

NBC states that in celebration of his 70th birthday, Lloyd Webber will be releasing a new album, “Andrew Lloyd Webber: The Platinum Collection,” as well as his autobiography, “Unmasked” (Harper Collins). In “Unmasked,” the prolific composer shares the details of his early personal and professional years, including his early artistic influences, with his signature humor and self-deprecating tone. He takes stock of his achievements, the twists of fate and circumstances that brought him both success and disappointment, and the passions that inspire and sustain him.