All of London's His Stage

Andrew Lloyd Webber's 10-theater purchase makes him the West End's biggest impresario

If content is king in the new world of global media, the composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is no minor princeling. His The Phantom of the Opera has played in London's West End for 13 years and grossed an astounding $3.1 billion worldwide in ticket sales, to say nothing of CDs and sweatshirts. From his pen have also flowed Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar and Starlight Express. And Evita, with a little help from Madonna, grossed $146 million as a movie after racking up millions as a play. Like many an aristocrat before him, Lord Lloyd Webber (he was made a baron for...

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