Andrew Lloyd Webber (Photo by Nathan Johnson)

Andrew Lloyd Webber reaches historic Broadway milestone to rival Richard Rodgers

The British composer celebrates four shows on Broadway.

Dom O'Hanlon
Dom O'Hanlon

Following last night's official opening of Sunset Boulevard on Broadway at the Palace Theatre, legendary British composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is celebrating four of his musicals playing simultaneously on Broadway, joining Rodgers and Hammerstein as the only composers in Broadway history to achieve this milestone.

As Sunset Boulevard returned to New York, following a successful 2016 run at the London Coliseum starring Glenn Close, the musical joins School of Rock - The Musical at the Winter Garden Theatre, The Phantom of the Opera at the Majestic Theatre and Cats at the Neil Simon Theatre.

In London's West End, Lloyd Webber is currently represented by The Phantom of the Opera at the Her Majesty's Theatre and School of Rock - the Musical at the New London Theatre.

Three-time Tony Award-winner Glenn Close reprises her role as fading star Norma Desmond in the 1993 Tony Award-winning Best Musical alongside British cast members Michael Xavier and Siobhan Dillon. The musical originally opened in London's West End at the Adelphi Theatre in 1993 starring Patti LuPone and later transferred to the Shubert Theatre in Century City, Los Angeles in December 1993 before moving to Broadway with the biggest advance in Broadway history at $37.5million.

School of Rock - The Musical recently shattered the house record for the third time at the Winter Garden Theatre by grossing $2,022,136.11 for the week ending 31 December 2016. Cats has been presented in over 30 countries, has been translated into 15 languages, and has been seen by more than 73 million people worldwide.

The Broadway production of The Phantom of the Opera celebrated an unprecedented 29 years on 26 January 2016. It has played a staggering 12,000 performances (as of November 2016), been seen by 17 million people, grossing more than $1 billion.

Congratulations Andrew Lloyd Webber!

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