Andrew Lloyd Webber and Antonio Banderas have teamed up for a joint venture that will create Spanish-language productions for global markets, it has been announced.
The company, called Amigos Para Siempre (APS), will produce live theatre, music and entertainment performances in Spanish, and will also include the production of some of Lord Lloyd-Webber’s best-loved works for major Spanish-speaking markets.
APS will license, produce and develop works for Spanish-speaking markets around the world, including those in America.
Lord Lloyd-Webber said: “Antonio Banderas is not only a king of entertainment, he is also one of the most versatile and creative minds I have had the pleasure of working with.
“It’s really exciting to partner with Antonio to bring my work, along with other brilliant Broadway and West End titles, to new markets.
“While millions of people in the Spanish-speaking world already love our shows and our music, the appetite for more and the level of musical and theatrical talent is extraordinary.
“I look forward to working with Antonio to bring the highest quality Spanish language productions to the world.”
Rights to Spanish language versions of musicals such as The Phantom Of The Opera, Sunset Boulevard, Starlight Express, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Cinderella, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and School Of Rock will be available to APS through The Really Useful Group, the company owned by Lord Lloyd-Webber.
Hollywood star Banderas, 61, starred in the 1996 film adaptation of the musical Evita, whose music was written by Lloyd Webber, alongside Tim Rice who wrote the lyrics.
He said: ‘I had the great privilege of working closely with Andrew while recording and filming his famous musical Evita in 1996, but that’s when I saw Jesus Christ Superstar at the start 70s that I became attached to the music, the theater and the fabulous talent of Andrew Lloyd Webber.
“It wouldn’t be wrong to say that I became an actor because of the huge influence and the strong impression I felt when I saw Andrew’s musicals.
“Having the opportunity to work with one of the most respected and admired composers of all time, bringing his amazing works to Spanish-speaking audiences, is one of the highlights of my career in show business.”
The song Amigos Para Siempre (Friends for Life) was written by Lord Lloyd-Webber and performed at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, where it was sung by his ex-wife Sarah Brightman and tenor Jose Carreras.