Andrew Lloyd Webber and Michael Harrison are launching a new musical theater venture.
The acclaimed composer and international producer have come together to form Lloyd Webber Harrison Musicals, a joint venture that will see the longtime collaborators produce new entries for Webber’s musical catalog.
Lloyd Webber described Harrison as “easily one of the leading young theater producers in the world” on the partnership “building our relationship”.
“On a personal level, I’m thrilled,” the composer said in a statement. “Now I focus on composition, knowing that I have a first-rate producer to collaborate with in the future.”
Their new partnership will see the company find and develop new music, alongside the creation of new productions based on Lloyd Webber’s existing and expanding catalog of music. The duo’s existing projects and business at their independent companies – Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group and Michael Harrison Entertainment – will continue to operate outside the new company.
“I am delighted to be joining Andrew Lloyd Webber to create Lloyd Webber Harrison Musicals, which I believe will be a major force in producing musical theater around the world,” Harrison said in a statement. “Andrew has written some of the greatest musicals of all time, and I look forward to producing new interpretations of these shows as well as his new works and other musicals that Andrew and I both admire as writers.”
The duo previously worked on Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s latest platforms Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat A musical at the London Palladium and its international tour, along with an annual pantomime at the London Palladium.
The company operates as one of the first major partnerships between composer and producer since Cameron Mackintosh, working on long-running Broadway hits. cats And The Phantom of the Opera.
Lloyd Webber has run shows continuously for 50 years in the West End and 43 years on Broadway, including notable productions such as School of Rock, Cats And The Phantom of the Opera. He owns six London theatres, including the Palladium and the Theater Royal, Drury Lane.
Harrison, chief executive of Crossroads Pantomimes, has staged numerous productions across the West End. That includes Mel Brooks Young Frankenstein, Anne and The Bodyguard, also a Disney production Bedknobs and broomsticks On tour in the UK