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Andrew Lloyd Webber to receive lifetime achievement prize at this year’s Tony Awards

Andrew Lloyd Webber Andrew Lloyd Webber. Photo: John Swannell
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Andrew Lloyd Webber is to receive a lifetime achievement award for his work in theatre at this year’s Tony Awards in New York.

Lloyd Webber said he was “completely overwhelmed as a Brit to be honoured by the Broadway community”, adding that musicals are “flying higher in their spiritual home New York than they have for two generations”.

Lloyd Webber has previously spoken about the success of US musicals compared with those in the UK, telling the BBC’s Front Row programme that the UK is falling behind New York in creating original musicals.

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Lloyd Webber has won seven Tony awards, and his musicals The Phantom of the Opera and School of Rock – The Musical are both currently on Broadway. In January of this year, The Phantom of the Opera celebrated its 30th Anniversary on Broadway.

Lloyd Webber will receive a lifetime achievement award alongside actor Chita Rivera, who earlier this month made an appearance at the Olivier Awards.

The Tony Awards will be broadcast on CBS Television Network on June 10.