Andrew Lloyd Webber
Andrew Lloyd Webber has created some of the most recognizable Broadway music of all time—from Cats to Evita to The Phantom of the Opera—along the way collecting a variety of honors, including knighthood, seven Tony Awards, three Grammy Awards, an Academy Award and the Kennedy Center Honors Award. Songs from his musicals have gone on to wide popularity offstage as well, and his theater production company, the Really Useful Group, is one of the largest operating in London.
He was knighted by Her Majesty The Queen in 1992 and created an honorary life peer in 1997.
Tim Rice has worked in music, theatre and films since 1965 when he met Andrew Lloyd Webber, a fellow struggling songwriter. Rather than pursue Tim’s ambitions to write rock or pop songs they turned their attention to Andrew’s obsession – musical theatre.
Their first collaboration (lyrics by Tim, music by Andrew) was an unsuccessful show based on the life of Dr.Barnardo, the Victorian philanthropist, The Likes Of Us. Their next three works together were much more successful – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita.
Tim has since worked with other distinguished popular composers such as Elton John (The Lion King, Aida), Alan Menken (Aladdin, King David, Beauty and the Beast), Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson (Chess) and most recently, Stuart Brayson (From Here To Eternity).
A new production of From Here To Eternity made its début at the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre, New York, in June 2016, and further American productions are in the works. In December 2016 selections from the score were performed at three official events to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
With Alan Menken, Tim has written three songs for the new Disney film of Beauty and the Beast, released in March 2017, directed by Bill Condon, and one new song, with Pete Hobbs, for the new Roger Goldby film, Time of Their Lives, starring Joan Collins and Pauline Collins, also released in March 2017. He is also an executive producer of the latter movie.
He formed his own cricket team in 1973 and was President of MCC in 2002. He is a regular broadcaster/presenter on BBC Radio 2, drawing on his extensive knowledge of the history of popular music since Elvis was a lad. He has won several awards, mainly for the wrong thing or for simply turning up: 3 Oscars, 3 Tonys, 3 Golden Globes, 5 Grammys, 13 Ivor Novello Awards, Hollywood Walk of Fame etc.
Massimo Romeo Piparo
Adaptation and Direction
MASSIMO ROMEO PIPARO, besides several editions of “Jesus Christ Superstar” starring Carl Anderson, Matteo Becucci, Max Gazzè, Mario Venuti, Ivan Cattaneo, Ted Neeley, Yvonne Elliman, Barry Dennen, Pau and his Italian rockband “I Negrita”, Simona Molinari and Shel Shapiro.
Also directed in theatre musical such as “Evita”, “Tommy”, numerous editions of “My Fair Lady” with Gaia De Laurentis, Vittoria Belvedere and Luca Ward, “Saturday nght fever” with Simone di Pasquale, “Lady Day” with Amii Stewart, “High Society” with Vanessa Incontrada, “Hairspray”, “Cinderella” with Roberta Lanfranchi and Antonio Cupo, two editions of “La Cage aux Folles” featuring before Massimo Ghini and Cesare Bocci and then Enzo Iacchetti and Marco Columbro, “Rinaldo in campo” starring Serena Autieri and Fabio Troiano, “The full monty” with Paolo Calabresi, Gianni Fantoni, Sergio Muniz, Paolo Ruffini, Jacopo Sarno and Pietro Sermonti, “Seven brides for seven brothers” with Flavio Montrucchio and Roberta Lanfranchi, “The sound of Music” with Luca Ward and Vittoria Belvedere, “Billy Elliot”, “Evita” with Italian singer Malika Ayane, the musical comedy “Il Marchese del Grillo” interpred by Enrico Montesano, and in 2017 he staged the first Italian version of the musical “Mamma Mia!”.
He also directed the Italian comedy “Non smettere di piangere Penelope” and, as a tv writer, he signed many very fortunate TV programs’ scripts.
From 2001 to 2004 he was appointed Artistic director of the Teatro Nazionale in Milan and from 2005 to 2007 of the Teatro Stabile in Messina; since 2013 he is the artistic director of Teatro Sistina in Rome, the most important Italian venue for musical show.
In 2016 he founded the Accademia Sistina, an outstanding artistic multidisciplinary school of performing arts for children aged 8 to 16.
After attending University (Physics, Italian Literature) and Conservatory of Music (Composition, Orchestration, Jazz Music and Conducting) he studied Afroamerican Musicology in Siena and eventually specialized in Stage Musical repertory. A former jazz arranger and piano/keyboards player, started working as Assistent MD and then Musical Director, Composer, Orchestrator and Computer Programmer for major stage productions, in Italy, UK and France.
Stage Musicals as Pianist, Composer, Orchestrtor, MD and Computer Programmer include: A Chorus Line, Some Like It Hot, Hello Dolly, Dance!, The Nights of Cabiria, Cats (UK production & Italian production), Saturday Night Fever, Lady Day, My Fair Lady, High Society, Hairspray, Cinderella, 7 Brides for 7 Brothers, Fame (UK production & Italian production), Hair (French production), Peter Pan, Jesus Christ Superstar, La Cage aux Folles, Rinaldo in Campo, The Full Monty, The Sound of Music, Billy Elliot, Il Marchese Del Grillo, Evita, Mamma Mia. Currently MD of the European Tour company of Jesus Christ Superstar featuring Ted Neeley.
Other stage credits: Houdini, M’Accompagno da me, Nights on Broadway, Saturday Night at the Movies. TV credits as MD, Composer, Orchestrator: Sabato Italiano, Garda che Musical!, Skating with the Celebrities, Reality Circus, The Ultimate Mind Quiz, The One and Only, Le Rêve d’un Jour, The Opera Contest, Miss Italy in the World.
Emanuele has been teaching Piano, Pop and Jazz Arranging, Theory, Harmony at the University of Music and Saint Louis College of Music. He is Music Director of the Sistina Academy for young talents and Professor at the Tor Vergata University of Rome teaching Arranging, Sequencing and Virtual Instruments.