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PHOTO: David Henry Hwang, Heather Hitchens, Andrew Lloyd Webber (Honoree) & Madeleine Lloyd-Webber

The American Theatre Wing Honored EGOT Andrew Lloyd Webber On Its 101st Annual Gala ! 

New York, NY (SMIWIRE,09.24.18)-The American Theatre Wing organization, whose

main goal is to support excellence and education in Theatre, commemorated its

101st annual gala this evening, honoring EGOT recipient; Andrew Lloyd Webber, for his oustanding work and invaluable contributions to the theatrical community at Cipriani's-42nd Street in Manahattan, New Yortk City.

 

Andrew Lloyd Webber is an English composer and impresario of  musical theatre. Several of his musicals have run for more than a decade both in the West End and on Broadway. He has composed 13 musicals, a song cycle, a set of variations, two film scores, and a Latin Requiem. Several of his songs have been widely recorded and were hits outside of their parent musicals, notably " The Musical of the Night " and " All I Ask of You " from The Phanthom of the Opera, "I don't know How to Love Him " from Jesus Christ Superstar, 

" Don't Cry for Me, Argentina " from Evita, " Any Dream Will Do " from Joseph and the Amazing  Technicolor Dreamcoat and Memory " from Cats.

He has received a number of awards, including a knighthood in 1992, followed by a peerage from Queen Elizabeth II for services to Music, six Tonys, three Grammys, an Academy Award, fourteen Ivor Novello Awards, seven Olivier Awards, a Golden Globe ,

a Brit Award, the 2006 Kennedy Center Honors, and the 2008 Classic Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. He has a star on the  Hollywood Walk of Fame, is an inductee into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame, and is a fellow of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composer and Authors. He is one of only fifteen people to have won an

Emmy, Oscar, Grammy and Tony.

“We are honoring Andrew for his immeasurable artistic contributions, and also for his unwavering commitment to arts education. The work he is doing on behalf of underserved young people is absolutely vital to the future health of both our industry and our society. We all feel incredibly lucky to count him as one of our most valuable partners on this front, and the work that we’ve accomplished together is some of the most meaningful, personally satisfying work we've ever done.”

Webber was celebrated today, not only for his greatest theatrical work but also for his phlanthropic support by donating to the American Theatre Wing Wing a $1.3 million

in 2016, a three-year grant to support theatre education opportunities for diverse and underserved young people and public schools across the U.S. Since then, the Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative has provided more than $1 million in grants and scholarships for schools wishing to enhance their theatre programs and students wishing to further their theatre training, reaching over 22,000 students nationwide.

 

The British composer, who just celebrated his 70th birthday, is currently represented on Broadway with School of Rock and The Phantom of the Opera—the latter is Broadway's longest-running production.

Notable Attendees at the gala were: Honoree and newly minted EGOT recipient Andrew Lloyd Webber; American Theatre Wing CEO & President Heather Hitchens, American Theatre Wing Board of Trustees Chairman David Henry Hwang; performances by Brandon Victor Dixon, Heather Headley, Katrina Lenk, Norm Lewis, Sierra Boggess, Brandon Niederauer, Evie Dolan, Ethan Khusidman, Raghav Mehrotra, Sydney Lopes; a slew of celebrity guests including Michael Urie, LaTonya Richardson Jackson, Harold Prince, Rachel Bay Jones, Walter Bobbie, David Rockwell, Lia Vollack & Derek McLane, Jordan Roth & Richie Jackson, Randi Zuckerberg, David Leveaux, Neil Meron, Laurence Connor, Sara Chase, Patrick Pacheco, Jim Dale, Michael Hsu Rosen, Jack DiFalco, Ward Horton, Ken Davenport & Tracey Weiler, Roxanna Hope Radja, Charlie Semine; Gala Chairs Pamela Barbey, CeCe Black, Anki Leeds, Evan Shapiro, Marva A. Smalls, and Nadine Wong;....