Music, architecture and pictures have always been my passions, and all that material wealth has meant for me, is being able to have some of the pictures I liked.

Andrew Lloyd Webber

Andrew Lloyd Webber

Profession: Musician
Nationality: British

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The arts are the one thing that appeal right across all forms of politics, race, creed - everything.

I guess the thing is that we remained huge friends after the original Phantom movie, when we decided it wouldn't take place and we just saw each other socially over the years so we were friends.

'The Phantom of the Opera' is about love. It's as simple as that.

If you just want ten songs to fit somebody else's script, then I'm not really the composer for that.

As a composer at a point where I can absolutely pick and choose what I want to do, I don't want to write about anybody I don't care about.

It must have been an extraordinary time. I guess the worrying thing about musical theatre to me, is if you look at the London season this year, mine is actually the only one to have come in.

I have always tried with my shows - win, lose, or draw - to take the boundaries of music as far as I can.

At one point I couldn't move or get out of bed or anything. I developed blood clots because I'd been completely inactive. Then they thought - because the pain was so much - I had an infection in the bones, so they gave me pills, which gave me a tummy infection. It's like a French farce.

'School of Rock' is fun. Hopefully, I've fleshed it out with a few catchy songs and kept the spirit of the original movie.

You can't just sort of come with, say, 'Yesterday,' or 'A Hard Day's Night,' and it be in the wrong place in the wrong show, and expect the song to work theatrically.

Well we'd just seen Gerry. I think he wanted somebody who had that authority and was handsome. The thing is, he's a big hunk isn't he? All I can say, if you look at his chat line, or the Phantom website, it's quite worrying. Because the girls really seem to love him.

Mobiles mean people know where you are.

Musical theatre history is littered with bad reviews for now classic pieces.

Since 'School of Rock' opened, for the first time in my career, ever, really, I've had a lot of projects offered to me. It's extraordinary. Normally, I've initiated them all myself.