Arts & Entertainment

Musical revue gives hand to Andrew Lloyd Webber

Andrew Lloyd Webber made some historic musical contributions to Broadway and beyond.

In honor of his work, the Little Theatre of Walla Walla's summer music revue, which opens Aug. 7, will pay homage to some of the maestro's most notable compositions.

Songs from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Phantom of the Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, Sunset Boulevard, Evita and Starlight Express are featured.

"This is the first time we've done music all by the same composer," said director Robert Randall. "Patty Leeper came up with the show's concept, researched the composer and selected the shows and songs that would best fit our venue. She also designed the layout of a set with staircases and a variety of levels and placed the band on raised platforms."

Performances are at 8 p.m. Aug. 7-8, 14-15 with a 2 p.m. matinee Aug. 16 in the Little Theatre at 1130 Sumach St., Walla Walla.

Admission is $12 for adults and $9 for ages 12 and younger. The theater will have festival seating and doors open at 7:15 p.m.

Tickets are available at the door or by phone, 509-529-3683.

Webber, who was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1992, is perhaps one of the most prolific composers of modern day. He's written 13 musicals, two film scores and a Latin Requiem Mass, as well as a score of other smaller music pieces. He's earned seven Tony Awards, three Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, seven Olivier Awards, a Golden Globe and most recently the Kennedy Center Honors in 2006.

The Little Theatre revue of Webber's music will be sung by a 30-member cast.

"There are so many amazing voices that picking one person to work on a song was almost impossible," Randall said. "In some cases we divided up songs with multiple small solos while we developed other songs into group numbers."

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