Andrew Lloyd Webber has broken his share of records in the 47 years since “Jesus Christ Superstar” introduced him to the world. When “Sunset Boulevard” opened last month at the Palace Theatre, he smashed another one.
He now has four shows running on Broadway — the revivals of “Sunset” and “Cats,” the new “School of Rock” and “The Phantom of the Opera,” which first opened in January 1988 and is the longest-running show in Broadway history.
The quartet is a feat not seen since 1953, when Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein were on Broadway with “Oklahoma!,” “South Pacific,” “The King and I” and “Me and Juliet.”
Lloyd Webber, who has had a series of flops since his heyday in the ’80s and ’90s, is obviously enjoying the elusive second act that theater artists rarely get. A second American company of “School of Rock” is preparing for the road and “Love Never Dies,” the “Phantom” sequel that never got to New York, is beginning a U.S. tour.
In a recent interview with London’s Telegraph, he talked about meeting Rodgers on his first trip to New York at 22. “He was my idol,” he said. “It’s his record I have equaled. I can’t really put it into words. It’s most peculiar. I never would have ever dreamt that this would happen.”