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Limited Tickets Available For UCO's Tribute To Andrew Lloyd Webber

andrew-lloydApril 1, 2010

Tickets are going fast for "The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber," a musical revue of the British composer's incomparable career, which will begin with the familiar, striking swell of a pipe organ at 8 p.m., April 8-10 at the University of Central Oklahoma Jazz Lab.

"When anyone hears those first few measures, 'daaa, da, da, da, da, daaa,' even if they are in China or South America, they know.aah, 'The Phantom of the Opera'," said Nick Saverine, full-time lecturer in Central's School of Music.

Saverine conceived, choreographed and directed the Lloyd Webber revue, a production of the UCO Music Theatre division. In all, 27 of Lloyd Webber's songs, including "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" from "Evita" and "Memory" from "Cats," will be performed by fully costumed cast members.

"There will be all the standards, plus a few interesting things people maybe have never heard," said Saverine, who also was a member of the Broadway cast of Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera."

"Andrew Lloyd Webber is one of the most passionate and prolific composers of our time - the Rodgers and Hammerstein of today. I was fortunate enough to work with him and he's a delight to work with. He's very actor friendly," Saverine said.

"The Phantom of the Opera" debuted in 1988 on Broadway and continues to play today, making it the longest-running show in history. The second longest-running Broadway show is Lloyd Webber's "Cats."

Lloyd Webber also composed "Aspects of Love," "Jesus Christ Superstar," "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," "The Likes of Us," "Starlight Express," "Sunset Boulevard" and "The Woman in White."

In addition, the composer wrote "Five Variations of Paganini" for the cello, which will be performed by Central student Bogdan Asanovic. The seven-member band for the revue includes students from The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO) and the Central's School of Music.

All seats on the first floor of the Jazz Lab are sold out; however balcony seats are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Tickets to the production are $12. The UCO Jazz Lab is located at 100 East Fifth Street in Edmond.