Longtime friends and collaborators Antonio Banderas and Andrew Lloyd Webber are joining forces under the banner of the new company Amigos Para Siempre (APS), aiming to produce theatre, musicals and live entertainment shows, including some of Webber’s best-loved works, for major Spanish-speaking markets.
As part of the move, the Spanish-language rights to Webber’s shows will be handed over to the new company by the British composer’s London-based company Really Useful Group.
Shows for Spanish adaptations include The Phantom of the Opera, Sunset Boulevard, Starlight Express, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Cinderella, Joseph and the incredible Technicolor Dreamcoat and school of rock.
The company’s name, which translates to “friends forever”, derives from a song Webber composed for the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, which was performed at the closing ceremony by Sarah Brightman and Jose Carreras.
The pair announced the new initiative at a media event in the Spanish capital of Madrid on Monday.
“Not only is Antonio Banderas entertainment royalty, but he’s also one of the most versatile and creative minds I’ve had the pleasure of working with,” Webber said.
“It’s really exciting to partner with Antonio to bring my work, along with other brilliant Broadway and West End titles, to new markets. With millions of people in the Spanish-speaking world already enjoying 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.
Acting star Banderas, who has been based in his Spanish hometown of Malaga since 2019 after a stint in the UK and nearly two decades in Los Angeles, now devotes much of his time to his Soho Theatre, alongside performing feature film shooting commitments.
He launched the Malaga site, with the support of Spain Caixa Bank, end of 2019 with a Spanish-language production of a Broadway classic A chorus line.
He and Webber have been close ever since the actor played Ché, opposite Madonna, in Alan Parker’s 1996 adaptation of Avoided.
“I had the great privilege of working closely with Andrew during the recording and filming of his famous musical Avoided in 1996, but that’s when I saw Jesus Christ Superstar in the early 70’s that I became attached to the music, the theater and the fabulous talent of Andrew Lloyd Webber. says the actor.
“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 new company will be overseen by Emanuel Nuñez, chief executive of NuCo Media Group and president of Really Useful Group, Jessica Koravos.